All parents have experienced that awkward situation when your kid asks you to get a pet, and you are not sure just how to break their little hearts and say “no”. Some eventually do give in to their children, even though they do not want to because they believe that parents themselves are the ones who are going to take care of it.
However, recent studies have shown that owning any pet – hamster, guinea pig, cat or a dog can be quite beneficial for your child and your whole family, and we are going to prove it to you.
They say that the dog is man’s best friend, and there is truth to it. Nobody will love you as much as your pet does – he will always stick to your side, be happy when he sees you and he will always want to play with you. For these reasons, no matter what animal you chose to be your companion, it will be a good friend for your child, and it will definitely improve his or her social skills.
If you get a dog, small or a big one, he will serve as a great house alarm, as he will notify you anytime someone comes near your home. Especially if you a have a big backyard and own a big dog, like Doberman or putbull, he can protect you from possible intruders, as they tend to attack people who they believe might be treat you. In that case, do not forget to warn people not to come unannounced, and to always ring the bell before coming in.
When you are in a bad mood or nervous about something, playing with your pet or just petting it can lower your stress rates. Since they are unable to respond, pets can serve as good listeners, and when you have a problem that nobody from your family or close friends has the time for, you can always tell it to your pet and get it off your back.
Even though many parents avoid getting a pet for their kids because they think that they will have to do all the work around it while a child will only forget about it, there are ways you can turn this thing around and make it a great learning experience for your child. Children can learn how to be more responsible if you involve them in your pet’s lives and make them help you with it. For example a child can help you groom the dog, bathe it, take for a walk, train them, and of course let your child regularly feed the dog and give them treats like Back Hawk, but be sure to supervise them as children can be forgetful.
Science has proven that having a cat or a dog around a baby that is only a few months old will lower the possibility of your child developing any allergies to them and they are also known to build baby’s immune system in general.
Just a tip for the end: be careful when choosing a pet. You need to think about its needs, physical characteristics – is it too big for your apartment, energetic, does it moult and can you provide it with the attention it is asking for.