Some pet owners equate having dogs to having children. While it may be true that their “fur babies” deserve all their love and attention, it’s not the same as raising a child. No point in arguing because the truth is it’s actually better to raise dogs and your children at the same time.
In a household where there is only one child, having a dog to keep him or her company will make up for the lack of a companion or playmate. Moreover, if both parents are working, there’s a good chance that kids are left alone with nothing but the TV or their tablets to keep them pre-occupied. Having a dog will make up for that and more.
As the child grows, parents can also teach kids the concept of responsibility by putting him in charge of the dog. The kid can walk the dog every afternoon, and give him water or food. The more complicated ones such as bathing and taking the dog to do its thing can be left to the parents or the dog walker, whichever case applies.
This will not only make the child feel that he is being entrusted with an important task, it will also make the bond between the kid and his dog stronger. When it comes to safety, dogs will never hurt children. They are as protective of their little masters as they are their own pups.
If you want to find out more, do take the time to read our colorful and informative infographic about raising dogs and kids. It will make you appreciate the role of dogs in your kid’s life more.
Eleanor L. Burkett is a microbiologist from California and a mother to twins. She and her husband, Leo, adopted Maltese puppies shortly after their children were born. They have been inseparable ever since.