6 Benefits of Kids Growing up with a DOG

by Ally | Smart Simple Mom
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benefits of growing up with a dog

Before I had my daughter, my pets were my children. I spoil them and treat them like humans. To be honest, after having kids, that hasn’t changed one bit.

People would always ask me how I was going to handle bringing my children around our pets and how I would keep them from getting germs on them.

The answer is plain and simple: I don’t.

Here’s why:

There are so many benefits of growing up with a dog, I couldn’t be happier to share this information!

Dogs are such a special part of a family. They bring so much joy and love to the household every single day, but there are a ton of other blessings they contribute as well.

Companionship

If dogs are known for being one thing it’s loyal.

Dogs teach our kids at a young age what it’s like to have constant companionship and a loyal friend.

They show us what it feels like to be loved unconditionally. They provide a calming, nonjudgmental presence, which allows our kids to feel comfortable expressing themselves.

It is very common to find kids talking to their dogs, which is most likely because our dogs are always willing to listen and never judge. We can express how we are feeling without any fears at all.

This is more beneficial to kids than talking to a doll or an imaginary friend because dogs are actual living breathing creatures who will react to us and provide physical comfort.

This allows these skills of expression and acceptance to be more transferable to the real world. This also helps boost self-esteem, confidence, and helps with anxiety and depression.

Health

Several studies show that kids raised in a household where they have close contact with a dog are known to have a reduced risk of allergies, get sick less often, have fewer respiratory problems, fewer cardiovascular problems, fewer ear infections and fewer cases of eczema.

Wow!

Who knew all of that slobber and pet dander could be so helpful!

Early exposure to all of that along with the harmless microbes your pet carries in from outside helps to build your baby’s developing immune system, and in the end, they are much more equipped to live a healthier life.

Nurturing

Dogs are dependent upon us. They need us to care for and love them.

Dogs provide kids with an opportunity to nurture and care for another living thing.

Nurturing is not a skill we are born with, nor can we learn it just from having been nurtured ourselves.

We need something to nurture in order to learn how to care for and provide for others.

Dogs give kids that opportunity to learn and grow as a loving caregiver.

Responsibility

Dogs are a lot of work. They require a lot of time and attention.

They need to be fed, groomed, exercised, loved, and the list goes on and on!

All of these requirements give kids the opportunity to learn about responsibility, dependability, commitment, and patience.

There are many ways to teach our children these lessons, and I recommend them all! From giving them chores to learning why it’s important to show up to school on time, they are all important lessons to learn because responsibility is a very diverse and complex topic.

Growing up with a dog, however, provides an opportunity for them to learn about responsibility and how it can affect others.

We love our dogs and want them to be healthy and happy, so if we forget to feed them or don’t get around to playing with them for a few days, the outcome of that would be really terrible.

This helps our kids to understand in a way they can relate to.

Active Lifestyle

Kids that grow up with a dog are likely to live a more active lifestyle.

Dogs need a lot of exercise, which provides the opportunity for their owners to get more exercise as well!

Aside from the daily dog walks, owners are more likely to partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, running, swimming and camping.

These are all activities that are fun to do with your pet and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

Sibling Bonding

Siblings will always have their conflicts, that’s just how it goes.

Having a dog in the house, however, is known to help with sibling bonding.

Siblings tend to grow closer when they share a common love for something such as a pet.

They are able to share responsibilities and enjoy the fun times together when they play with the dog, walk the dog, etc. This can also reduce jealousy and rivalry towards one another.

I hope this provides some inspiration to those considering bringing a dog into your family, and also to the current dog owners out there to safely allow your kids and pets to form a special bond.

The benefits of growing up with a dog are endless and can really provide a positive impact on your child’s life.

Of course, not all dogs are kid-friendly and children need to be taught how to properly treat animals.

I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of a disclaimer/warning regarding pets and kids because I am assuming we all know the risks, benefits, and will do proper research before putting our kids in front of random dogs to obtain microbes and dander. 🙂

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People would always ask me how I was going to handle bringing my child around our pets and how I would keep them from getting germs on her. The answer is plain and simple: I don\'t. Here are 6 amazing benefits to growing up with a dog:
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Jessi December 30, 2016 - 3:54 pm

This is perfect! I had my pitt mix long before having my kids. She’s family. When i was pregnant with my first, I actually had people ask if i was getting rid of her. They sais she’s dangerous to have around a baby because of her breed, that she would get the baby sick because she would lick her….needleas to say 2 kids later we still have the dog! She’s my daughter’s best friend and protector. And you know what, my daughter is rarely ever sick either.

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Ally December 30, 2016 - 4:12 pm

Jessi, the things some people mention in regards to kids and babies co-existing really blows my mind. The bond between a child and a dog is so special and amazing, I would never want to deprive my kids of that! All of the added benefits are just a bonus! Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂

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chatty Mamas March 3, 2017 - 9:43 am

I couldn’t agree more! The bond between a dog and child is so special! Just watching the relationship my daughter has with our dog fills me with happiness. I know he is her best friend and watching them play together is hysterical. Thanks for sharing!

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Ally March 3, 2017 - 12:34 pm

I completely agree! I love the bond they share, it is so special! Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you enjoyed it! ☺

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kevin August 30, 2017 - 8:44 pm

So true, I have had dogs all my life, they represent all that is good.

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Ally August 30, 2017 - 9:12 pm

I completely agree 🙂

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