Why Kids Need Dogs
You’ve heard it many times, “mommy can I get a dog” ? Most parents that say “yes”, usually grew up with dogs themselves. Some tend to have their doubts that it may not be a good idea. There are many reasons to consider having a furry friend for your little ones. When I was a child, I grew up on a farm, So I had a lot of animals running around. There were six dogs that were like my brothers and sisters, and they taught me a lot about myself. They also taught me responsibilities. So why do kids need dogs;
Babies get sick less
Yvonne Biasi, of Kingfield University Hospital in Finland, did a study and found babies who lived with a dog, the first year are one-third more likely to avoid a respiratory illness and infection than any other non dog owners. Dogs cause more exposure to germs making a baby to gain a stronger immune system to prevent the baby from getting sick.
Dog owners have healthier hearts
Owning a dog has been linked to increasing cardiovascular health and being around your dog to not only make you happy, but they can lower your stress blood pressure and heart rate too. Having a furry companion can lower the risk of heart disease.
Kids with dogs get more exercise
A dog is a great companion for a kid, and will give your child some exercise. Being outside playing and walking the dog will help your kids live an active, healthy lifestyle.
Pets help children gain confidence
Kids love talking to a dog which makes them have confidence. When children are learning how to read, tell your child to read to their dog, and it will help them gain confidence. Pets love and accept unconditionally, which makes your child feel accepted. Training a puppy builds your child’s confidence to attempt new things, and set goals in their life.
Kids with dogs have less allergies
Allergist Thomas Platt Mills MD PhD, of the University of Virginia, and Swedish researchers found that kids that had pets during their first two years, the lower their chances are of having pet allergies years later.
Dogs teach kids responsibility
Dogs help children learn responsibility by remembering to feed, water, and clean them. A dog is a great support system as children grow and develop.
Dogs help reduce stress in kids with autism
A study was done by the University of Montreal, that the stress hormones of a child with autism spectrum disorder are dramatically reduced when living with a trained service dog. A significant drop in behavior problems have also been reported.
The most important one yet, is that your dog will always be there for your kids. Kids will always have their dog when they’re angry, or afraid of a monster under their bed. The dog will offer comfort, and cuddling which can relieve stress, and raise levels of dopamine and serotonin.
Dogs have always been a sense of companionship for me, and they have helped me emotionally through the years. Dogs are a perfect best friend for your children, and they have a lot to offer. They are great listeners, even if they can’t talk back. So if your child asks, Mommy, can I have a dog? Consider all the positive things a dog could do for your child, before you say no.