The Benefits of Pets for Children

Are You Considering Getting a Pet For Your Family?

While we all know the time and responsibility that comes with pet ownership, they make a huge impact on young children and their lives.

Some of the many benefits include exercise, responsibility, reduced anxiety and much more.

Studies have shown that children with pets or introducing them at a young age are less likely to develop allergies or allergens towards other animals.

Another benefit is the children are outside more and exposed to much more, which reduces the risk of developing common allergies or asthma.

Pet ownership for kids is a huge responsibility which allows them to feel like they are helping around the house, whether this be a dog, cat or rabbit, it’s good to get your kids involved from day one.

Allowing them to help with feeding and walking will encourage them to bond with the animal and feel a sense of ownership and belonging.

Children are taught how to treat pets gently and with respect. This will be the parents responsibility to guide them.

The Benefits of Pets for Children

One huge benefit and the most known reason is animals are also a great life friend and companion.

Children often use pets as a comforting friend which helps reduce stress and anxiety drastically in school aged children.

The added exercise is also a bonus for the whole family. Not only will walking your dog introduce exercise but it is also a good time for family bonding.

This has been shown to produce a common bond between siblings who can now share their love for the same interest.

Thinking about why your child needs a pet should be a simple decision, including them in the process of finding the right breeds or litter can also be beneficial.

Children are likely to bond with the animals much quicker allowing them to know which friend suits them the most.

Taking them to the shelter and adopting their new furry friend will be an experience they will remember for a lifetime.

A pet can bring your child joy and teach him a variety of important lessons.

Here are 15 ways that we think children benefit from owning a domestic pet!

  • Lower Stress Levels

  • ​Companionship

  • ​A Lesson on Empathy

  • ​An Understanding of the Animals Biology

  • ​Reduced Risk of Developing Allergies (American Humane Association)

  • ​Reduced Risk of Developing Asthma (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)

  • Entertainment

  • Responsibility

  • ​A Source of Joy During Difficult Times

  • ​An Understanding of the Circle of Life

  • ​Exercise

  • ​New Friends

  • ​Patience

  • ​A Lesson on Sharing

  • ​Love

The Calming Effect of Pets

Says Aaron Katcher, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, “Because (humans) evolved solving problems about animals, animals have the power to entrain our attention. And when we are around animals, we become more joyous, communicative, expressive, and calm.”

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