| My girls love having dogs and for good reason
My children love having dogs around. They’re cute, cuddly, and very friendly. I never thought I would hear me say this but we are ‘dog people.’ However, this hasn’t always been the case. Olivia, like many other children, was always a little afraid of dogs, until we got one. It was definitely had an impact on her confidence when coming into contact with dogs and other animals. She’s no longer shy when one’s around but never goes running up to them either. We’ve had dogs in the house for a little over a year now and it’s awesome. Sure, it’s hard work, especially now we’ve added two more to the mix which I wrote about earlier in the week with my post Two More Makes Four.
We felt like life wasn’t chaotic enough for us. Being a stay-at-home dad, having a wife who works long hours, having two girls under four along with our existing two dogs, working a part-time job, writing a blog, running a business and trying to fit everything else in between just wasn’t enough for us!
The advantages of owning a dog go well beyond the fact that they’re cuddly and lots of fun. It’s teaching them that just like people dogs need food, shelter, exercise, and love. Even Olivia and Robyn have been picking up a few pointers. Of course, we’ve picked up most of the pet-care chores, but they’re definitely learning from our your example, like the importance of being kind and gentle. Although Robyn has some way to go with that one. She still thinks the new puppies are some kind of teddy bear that she can just pick up and walk with.
They don’t just benefit the girls, they’re better for everyone’s health. Some people say that kids who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop common allergies because they’re exposed to different bacteria. If this is true then my kids will be immune to every kind of virus and bacteria going. If I ever want to know where Robyn is the first place I look is the dog case and most of the time she’s just sat/laid there with of the dogs playing or cuddling them. Of course, some children are genuinely allergic to animals so check on that before you take the plunge.
Another obvious benefit is the extra physical exercise you’ll get from having a four-legged friend. Ours will go out every night without fail which was definitely encouraged me to walk a bit more, which can’t be a bad thing, can it? Once they’ve had a decent walk and run around they tend to come home and crash out on the floor or next to one of us on the sofa. This is instead of charging around the house like some kind of hell beast who’ve not been fed for a week.
Our lives might be chaotic but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way? Sure I’d like less mess, less running around, less cleaning up of little present the puppies keep leaving me and more me time but where’s the fun that. I am so excited for my girls to grow up alongside THE PACK and being able to watch the bond between them grow is priceless.
Growing up with a dog has definitely made my kids lives better in so many ways. Having a dog join our family may be one of the best things we’ve ever done.
Do you have children who are growing up with pets? Share your stories with me in the comments below
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