Growing up with pets.

Animal Welfare League of Qld

The relationship between children and their pets is special and comforting, and brings with it many benefits for the child’s development. Studies have shown that children with pets have higher self-esteem, improved s…ocial skills, and are more popular with their peers. They learn nurturing skills, as well as show improved empathy and a more caring attitude. There is also evidence that pet ownership may help develop non-verbal communication.
Pet ownership may have a beneficial effect on family harmony. Research shows that families spend a lot more time interacting after the acquisition of a pet. Pets provide a focus for fun activities and friendly conversation. The relaxation and relief from stress provided by animal companionship also yields measurable health benefits for parents. Pet owners have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, fewer minor illnesses and complaints, and visit the doctor less often than their “petless” counterparts.   Owning a dog can be a delightful family experience. Children learn to interact with and take responsibility for the health and well-being of the dog. However, while the ownership of a dog may have enormous benefits for the child, parents need to teach children how to behave around dogs so they can have a safe and enjoyable relationship. What are some of the benefits you have found owning your puppy?

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4 thoughts on “Growing up with pets.

  1. Too cute!
    We’ve just added an 8 week old puppy to our little family (me, hubby and a 6 year old cocker spaniel). She has added so much joy (even after just a week).
    Playing with her when I get home takes my mind completely off everything that has happened during the day.
    And with our other dog, its the emotional plus the physical. My 6km run this morning would not have been as much fun without him- and truth be told, if I didn’t “have to” walk the dog, I probably wouldn’t have got out of bed at all! I can’t wait till our little pup is ready to come running with me as well.
    Dogs rule!

  2. This is a wonderful post. I am so grateful to have been brought up with dogs. Having a dog in your life brings you so much joy. My dog, Rufio, makes everyone smile. Everything that he does makes me happy from him snoring in bed and barking in his sleep to him spinning around in circles when he hears the word “breakfast” or “treat”. I love the way he follows me everywhere, his excitement when I come home and the way he curls up in my lap. I love everything about him. He has made my life whole.

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