The Benefits of Pets | Part 6
At Dog Days Pet Care, we understand the many benefits that pets can provide for children. Not only do children who grow up with pets have less risk of allergies and asthma, many also learn responsibility, compassion, and empathy from having a dog or cat.
Unlike parents or teachers, pets are never critical and don’t give orders. They are always loving and their mere presence at home can help provide a sense of security in children. Having an ever-present pet can help ease separation anxiety in children when mom and dad aren’t around.
In addition to providing companionship and security, pets can also help children develop a positive self-image and build relationships with other people. Studies have shown that pets can help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive kids, and can even teach children empathy and understanding.
Getting even a small, caged pet, such as a guinea pig or hamster, is a great way to teach a child responsibility. Like adults, children can benefit from playing with a pet. It can be a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body. Playing with a pet can even be a doorway to learning for a child, stimulating their imagination and curiosity.