We’ve seen so many stories of kids and dogs growing up together – even recreating cute and adorable photos from childhood. Watching the bond between a child and a dog is fantastic. And it’s not only pets for your kids to play with; dogs help in your kid’s development. There is a study about it published in Pediatric Research’s journal.
The study couldn’t have better timing. While dealing with this pandemic, most parents have been crunched for time when it comes to ensuring that their kids get enough physical activity. According to the research, instead of relying on technology to keep your kids entertained, having a dog will be great for their social and emotional development.
Kids who get to play and walk with dogs have better social skills when they grow up. The same study also showed that toddlers who grew up around dogs are less likely to experience peer problems. Hayley Christian, a senior author of the study, said that physical activities are essential during early childhood. This contributes to proper development and also lowers the risk of kids having chronic diseases like obesity.
Another study, conducted on children and adults, provided evidence linking dog ownership to responsibility, empathy, positive identity, and trust. It concluded that pets have a positive influence on the development of pre-adolescents. Such were the bases of Pediatric Research as the authors thought the same might apply to early childhood.
Christian added that pets teach kids about responsibility through caring and training them. However, there should be enough preparations before you get a dog as a pet. The family structure and the environment at home must provide a nurturing avenue for both the kid and the pet. Some costly responsibilities also come with getting a dog – including caring and feeding it, vaccinations, training, exercising and socializing.
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