Having another member of the family that leaves hair everywhere, makes strange noises and doesn’t use a toilet might not seem like something you want to do. However, there are so many benefits to owning a pet and not just that they don’t answer back. We have been thinking about getting a pet for a long time and would love Lily to grow up with a dog companion who will be her best friend. Also so we can go for long walks as a family and get more outdoor time. If your little one is constantly begging you to get a pet, then perhaps it’s time to consider this as pets are brilliant for teaching them valuable life lessons such as://01 Responsibility
One of the major reasons, and an important life skill, for owning a pet is to teach your child responsibility. Pets need food, water and love and many require exercise. They also need grooming and taking to the toilet or having their cage or litter tray cleaned out. Children can have appropriate responsibilities in regards to the care of the pet, and these can develop as your children grow. When they are very little, they’ll need to be monitored with pets at all times but over time as they learn their jobs and know how to look after their pet, looking after something or someone else as well as themselves will become second nature to them.
Children also trust from having a pet as a pet offers unconditional support when a child is sad, angry or upset. They also have so much fun together and with all the dogs toys online now, there’s always something to play. Pets can teach your child to trust them themselves and also help your child to build trust in other relationships as well.
Compassion is the third life skill that pets help your children develop. When a child takes care of a pet, they learn to be kind to others through taking care of their basic needs. As well as this, when the pet passes away, they will learn about bereavement and the grieving process.
Requiring gentle touching and learning about boundaries when the pet is eating, and sleeping teaches children to have respect for others, which can be a difficult skill to learn at a young age.
Sometimes bonding with a pet can take time, so this can teach your child to have patience, and when they start to try teaching tricks and good behaviour to your pet, your children will need a lot of patience then.
Pets show their owner’s unconditional love, and this can boost a child’s self-esteem. Also, having responsibilities for a pet also develops self-esteem in young children.
Pets are very loyal and a good example of how to treat others that are important to the child and family.
//08…And A Boost Their Immune System
Research shows children who have a pet a dog can possibly have fewer ear infections and respiratory tract infections and require fewer antibiotics; this is said to be because the exposure to animals at a young age stimulates the immune system.
When thinking of which pet to add to your family, pick one that fits your lifestyle. A fish, turtle or hamster will require less playtime than a cat or dog. If your family travels a lot, then maybe an animal that can be left at home with minimal care would be a good choice. If you prefer to go for long walks and play in the garden, then a dog may be a perfect fit.