Advantages of Raising your Child with a Pet Dog

Advantages of Raising your Child with a Pet Dog

Bringing a child into this world is a big step for every couple, as it comes with several responsibilities. Many partners hope to get a taste of parenthood by bringing a pet into the house before having a human baby. This helps them realize what it means to have someone entirely dependent on them. Looking after a dog is not as much work as attending to the needs of a baby, but the experience helps. A pet dog is part of the family and couples love them like their child. Some people think that a dog in the house can be dangerous for the toddler; that is not true unless your dog lacks basic training and social skills. In fact, there are many advantages if you are raising your child with a pet dog.

What are the advantages of raising your child with a pet dog?

Well-mannered pet dogs who understand their boundaries are never a threat to the child. On the contrary, an aggressive or untamed pet can become a problem. Dog bite injuries can be fatal to an infant, thus you need to be aware of your pet’s behavior. If your pet dog is the loving beast it should be, your child can benefit tremendously by having it around. 

1 – Stronger Immune System

Raising your kid with a dog substantially reduces visits to the pediatrician. Scientific research proves that the presence of a furry friend in the house boosts the child’s immune system. Children exhibit better resistance against infections and allergies, thereby eliminating the need to ingest antibiotics during the early stages of growth and development.  

2 – Budding Companionship and Social Skills

The dog is a man’s best friend, so why not let your child experience that special bond from the very beginning. Your pet will become your son or daughter’s protector and keep them company at all times. Kids who grow up with a pet are better at making friends and general communication. Your kid will never feel lonely and the dog will aid him/her in socializing as well; anyone with a heart is easily drawn towards a furry friend after all. 

Some people think that a dog can be a threat to the child; that is not true. In fact, there are advantages if you are raising your child with a pet dog.


3 – Development of Responsibility

Toddlers are very observant and rather eager to learn from what they see. A well-mannered and friendly dog shall be a great influence on them. As the child gets older, you can entrust him/her with minor chores like feeding the dog or replacing their water bowl. The child will be happy to do something for the dog, i.e. the responsibility seems like fun instead of a burden. 

You may also read – Tips to stop your dog from chasing the cat!

4 – Active Lifestyle

The advancement of technology has become an obstacle to outdoor activities. Children want to spend all their leisure time indoors, playing video games, or watching shows on T.V. A glorious animal, such as a pet dog is probably the only hope to lure them into a natural environment. Taking walks and playing outside with the dog shall certainly help keep your child fit and active. 

Raising a kid with a pet at home

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5 – Empathy and Kindness

Pet owners are among the kindest people on the face of the earth. Children who are brought up with a pet dog grow up to be compassionate. A person who cannot see their pet in pain shall abstain from harming any other living creature as well. Taking care of a pet teaches a person how to share, compromise, and be sympathetic. 

6 – Lower Anxiety Levels

Dogs can make anyone smile with their adorable looks and gestures. Moreover, petting and hugging them triggers stress releasing hormones in the body. If your child ever feels down or on edge, their furry friend will always be there to cheer them up, so they may never suffer from depression. 

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John Adams is a paralegal who writes about psychological issues faced by children and adults. He helps readers overcome personal injuries and traumas, by encouraging them to raise their voice. He aims to reach out to individuals who are unaware of their legal rights and make the world a better place.

Sharing an old video of Nemit & Caesar (our dog Caesar passed away in 2018), they shared a magical bond


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    Alpana October 14, 2020 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    One of our family friends had a pet dog and he was like their family members. The points the you have mentioned, I have seen them with their family. Here, in US I have seen people introduce their dog as one of their family member.

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    Varsh October 15, 2020 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    We didn’t have any pets at home and rushed to pet our neighbour’s dog everyday. Its amazing to spend time with them. Indeed kids learn selfless love and kindness from them.

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      Neha Sharma October 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      That’s sweet, Varsha

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    Surbhi Prapanna October 15, 2020 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Yes I agree having pet is family lots of benefits. specially when it comes to helping is adopt healthy lifestyle pet help a lot. this is really great to know more about having pet through this series Neha. looking forward for next post.

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    Swati Mathur October 15, 2020 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    wow..never knew having pet can have so many benefits for kids….I agree this help’s child to be more responsible and empathetic. Great Post, very informative.

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      Neha Sharma October 16, 2020 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Swati

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    Mayura Amarkant October 16, 2020 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I completely agree with John on this one. I grew up in a home where we always had dogs. We treated them like our own family members. I found that with my pet around; I was never alone. Thank you for writing this lovely post, it brought back memories 🙂

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    Pragnya Mishra October 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    We never had a pet but have seen friends who love their pets like babies. They are quite good examples of the advantages John has mentioned.

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    Anahita Irani October 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Having pets at home has it’s own pros and cons. I have grown up with neighbors who had a dog and I know for sure it was a happy and lively household

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    Ruchi Verma October 16, 2020 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I so much agree with you and I love dogs too but somewhere scared to have them at home only because they too need same care and love with attention!!

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    Cindy DSilva October 16, 2020 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    oh i totally agree with these pointers. i guess my daughter is more empathetic because we had a dog until she was around 5… My son was too tiny when our dog was alive. But he loves playing with dogs.

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    Roma October 17, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I can so relate to every word Neha. My parents hve raised me and my brother with two fur babies. I want to have one for my kid too but hubster is averse

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    MeenalSonal Mathur October 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Well, we don’t have any pet and not planning in future too. The pointers shared in the guest post are very good who are in dilemma for the decision over pet.

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    Dipika Singh October 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    My entrie childhood was blessed with the company of dogs, at any given time we always had a pair at home. Yes, they are the best companions, and BFFs for life. When I would visit home after an year long break,they could sense the vibes and get excited even before I could ring the bell. Their love is the best feeling ever.

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    Preeti Chauhan October 17, 2020 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    All the points are so valid towards having your kids grow up with pets in the home.Especially the empathy , responsibility and immunity part.

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    Ujjwal Mishra October 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    We have a lab at home. He was just 32 days old when he joined our family now he is 5yrs.
    Kids love him so much.

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    LifeCoachPreet October 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I so wish we could adopt a pet. Due to my mother in law’s health conditions we can’t adopt a pet, even though we badly want to. Your family is truly blessed with such a loving member.

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    Jyoti October 18, 2020 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Wow i never knew that having a pet can have so many benefits .It is so good to read that . Well I am so scared of dogs so never thought of having pets

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    Judy Morris October 18, 2020 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Growing a child with a pet alongside is great bond that parents can nurture. Surely the kid becomes more responsible and is more empathetic and kind.

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    Ishieta October 18, 2020 at 2:42 am - Reply

    oh i absolutely agree! the joy of a pet is unpararelled and i wish every familly would experience this. there are so many advantages on a mental and emotional level along with the physical and the overall developement of the child’s personality and morals! I wish more people understood this 🙂

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    Harjeet Kaur October 18, 2020 at 5:41 am - Reply

    I am no animal lover but I agree with all the reasons you have put down so clearly, Neha 🙂 But I personally am very averse t pets. Other than gofd fish I cannot have any thing else.

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    Snigdha October 18, 2020 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I never knew having a pet is that much beneficial for kids . This is a really good information. I always afraid of pets ..

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    Sayeri October 18, 2020 at 9:18 am - Reply

    For the single kids specially its a very good choice. Because I feel, Dogs are better than humans. So raising kid with dog will help them in all possible ways.

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    Vaishali October 18, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I did a similar blog many many years ago. Furry friends are always fun to have around a growing child. They absorb negative energies and radiate positive energies. This blog is helpful.

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