Dogs make people happy!
This is one of the reasons why I love dogs SO much. There is nothing better than seeing the positive impact they can have on all people; the sick, the elderly and especially on children. It warms my heart every day watching how beautifully my two children interact with our dog and how happy he makes them.
I have broken down todays post into three parts for you. Part one is the facts to prove the positive impact dogs can have on children. Part two is our story and how I see these amazing facts play out in our home. And I’ve saved the best for last, part three is your stories.
That’s right, I had some lovely people write to me with some incredible real stories where dogs have drastically changed a child’s life for the better. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
It is fact that there are SO many benefits of having a dog in your child’s life.
Dog’s help provide enjoyment and help children develop responsibilities transferable to adulthood.
This positive impact is backed by scientific data, case studies and research that validate the therapeutic effects of human-animal relationships.
These benefits can be emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual and are created when an animal’s behaviour makes us to laugh or aids us in therapy.
If appropriately trained and supervised, dogs can provide many valuable lessons and other benefits to children.
Studies have shown that children with dogs:
- Have higher self esteem
- Have improved social skills
- Are more likely to be physically active, and less likely to be overweight or obese
Your child’s development can even benefit from owning a dog. Having a relationship with a dog can help develop such skills as: