Animals are constant companions
Your child will be bored and lonely. This is most common when you are raising an only child. However, having a pet around helps your child have a constant companion at home.
Pets can also match a child’s level of energy and enthusiasm. An adult human can never match the energy and enthusiasm of a pet, in the form of a dog. Pets can keep your child busy and engaged. It can be your child’s constant playmate without getting bored.
Increase your child’s activity level
In the age of smartphones and tabloids, chances are your kids are less active. However, a recent study showed that children who own a dog spend an average of eleven minutes longer than children who do not own a dog.
Eleven minutes may be considerably less, but when you add up the figure in terms of weeks and months, you realize the benefits. A pet that looks like a dog really helps a child go the extra mile and stay active.
Children with pets tend to be more responsible than others. It keeps the dog or cat alert whether it has received food or water. They also tend to share more than other children.
Children learn to be responsible for someone else. This way they grow up to be more responsible adults. They quickly learn that pets are dependent on humans and from this understanding, attachment develops.
It makes them empathetic
Pets also teach your children to be empathetic and kind to others. Children who don’t have pets of any kind tend to be cruel or repulsive to other animals. However, children who have pets like dogs or cats are more protective of others.
The responsibility of owning a pet makes them accountable and also increases their self-esteem. They grow up to be more reliable adults than children without pets. By considering their pet’s feeding and grooming routines, they also learn to follow their own routines.
It makes them healthier
Research has shown that there are also some health benefits of owning pets. Children who grow up near pets tend to get sick less often than children who don’t. Animals, especially dogs, bring certain microbes into your home from outside. These microbes help your baby by improving immunity.
Interaction with pets helps release the hormone dopamine in your child. This makes them happier than others.