Pets are a constant companion
Your child is likely to get bored and lonely. This happens more when you are raising only one child. However, having a pet around helps your child have a constant companion around the house.
Pets can also match a child’s energy and excitement level. An adult human can never match the energy and enthusiasm that a pet, in the form of a dog, has. The pet 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, there is a chance that your child will become less active. However, a recent study has shown that children, who own a dog, exercise eleven minutes longer on average than children who do not have a dog.
Eleven minutes may seem like a lot less, but also when you add up the figure in terms of weeks and months, you realize the benefits. A pet in the form of a dog really helps your child walk the extra mile and keep him active.
Children with pets become more responsible than others. It keeps them alert if the dog or cat received their share of food or water. They also tend to share more than other children.
Children learn to be responsible for another person. That way, they become more responsible adults. They quickly learn that pets are dependent on humans, and from that understanding, attachment develops.
Makes them empathetic
Pets also teach your children to be empathetic and kind to others. Children without any type of pet tend to become cruel or repulsive to other animals. However, children who have pets like cats or dogs tend to worry more about others.
The responsibilities of having a pet hold them accountable and their self-esteem also increases. They grow up to be more reliable adults than children who do not have a pet. By keeping your pet’s feeding and grooming routines in mind, they also learn to keep track of their own routines.
Makes them healthier
Studies have shown that there are certain health benefits of having pets as well. Babies raised close to pets tend to get less sick than babies who are not. Pets, especially dogs, carry certain germs from outside into your home. These germs tend to help your baby by improving his immunity.
Interaction with pets also helps release the hormone dopamine in your child. This makes them more cheerful than the others.