In honor of National Kids and Pets Day, we want to talk about the relationship between children and dogs. Dogs have a lot to offer a child. In this blog, we will talk about 5 lessons dogs can teach children.
The Relationship Between A Child And a Dog
In honor of National Kids and Pets Day, we want to talk about the relationship between children and dogs. I mean what child hasn’t asked for a pet at some point in time? Here are a few points to keep in mind.
Five lessons dogs can teach children
1. The life lesson of responsibility is always at the forefront of every discussion between parents deciding to add a puppy/dog to the family. Children are promising to take care of everything so 'PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE can we get one???' However, the kids get bored with the chore aspect of pet care after a short period of time. This is an incredible opportunity to teach the importance of following through with commitments and building work ethics. Develop a schedule board of everyone’s care duties to keep tasks organized and everyone on track. The payout is a deeper bond with each other. These traits will positively impact them for life.
2. It improves emotional intelligence in children when they form a bond with their dog. They learn about compassion for other living beings. To consider the needs of others and how they make a difference in these lives. These kids grow into adults that make the world a better place.
3. Emotional therapy is a huge benefit! Especially at this point in time when we are all in quarantine due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Kids can feel isolated, bored, and frustrated. Dogs can be the biggest support in trying times. Petting alone can be a huge stress reliever. But, training them can be a huge confidence builder and fun activity. Simply looking up trick training videos the kids can teach the dog which will bring so much enrichment to their life.
4. Respecting the boundaries of others has to be one of the most important areas of the child/dog relationship. We all see the cute pictures and videos of kids and dogs. Most of them are nerve-racking for professionals because for the most part kids are inappropriately interacting with the dog. Unfortunately, this results in millions of kids being bit each year. When kids learn to respect a dog's space and understand the importance of kind and careful interaction with a dog, I believe it can only benefit them with human relationships as well.
5. Connecting with nature is something that we have gotten away from in the age of technology, but when children have dogs they can’t just sit in front of a screen. Walks are a must. With a well-trained dog, those walks can be enjoyed on trails, parks, and lakes. Think of all the adventures to be had. The sounds, smells, and sights that make our spirit soar.
Just make sure to do your homework together as a family so everyone is ready for the years-long commitment of having a dog and to really make sure that when you are ready, you are clear on the temperament, energy level, and training needs of a dog that will fit your lifestyle when looking.
If you have added a dog to your family during this time feel free to contact us for training, structure, and breed-specific information regarding the dog. We would love to involve the whole family in every aspect of the dog's training and lifestyle associated with having a new fur friend! You can speak with Maria by calling 1-248-733-3776 or check out our website here.