You really should consider getting a dog when you are raising a child. This might sound crazy in the beginning, but the truth is that there are a lot of benefits that come along with raising your baby around a dog. Below you can see 10 reasons at why you should raise a kid around a dog and why that dog will be probably the best babysitter you could find:
- Prevention of Allergy and Asthma
Being surrounded by dogs can expose the baby to more allergens at an early age. That alone can stimulate the immune system and help them prevent bigger issues like asthma or even some allergies. However if you are worried that the dog might cause more allergies than it prevents, you might consider getting a hypoallergenic breed.
- Promotes Activity
Studies are showing that babies that start out being active when they first become mobile are less likely to develop blood pressure problems. Instead of letting your baby sit in a swing or jumpy seat, you can let them play with your pet. This will both get them active and keep them healthy.
- Fewer Doctor’s Visits
Having a dog can lead to fewer doctor’s visits due to the fact that dogs bring in a lot of bacteria and germs. This sounds like a bad thing at first, but if you think about it, this really helps to promote better health. Minimal contact with certain bacteria and germs can help you to develop immunity.
- Spend More Time Outdoors
Nowadays kids tend to spend more time inside than outside. Everybody should be getting outside more often and breathe in fresh oxygen and babies are not excluded. Having a dog can provide more activity for you kid. You can take your kid and your dog and go to the nearest park. You and your kid will have more fun and be active.
- Promote Good Social Skills
Dogs enjoy our attention, just as much as we enjoy giving them our attention. When your baby interacts with a puppy, they will learn effective social skills. Talking to your baby and your puppy together will show them how to be social. They may not say words that you can understand, but the interaction is important.
- Encourage Childhood Responsibility from the Start
If you want your baby to grow up to be responsible, show them the importance of responsibility. You can start by having your baby help you feed the dog, or helping you get their water when they are old enough. Even if the baby isn’t old enough to help, the fact that they help you take care of the dog is going to encourage them to take responsibility when they get older.
- They Have Fun Together
Adults and kids can really have a lot of fun with a dog. You can play games and often times babies will just sit back, laugh and have a good time watching the dog play. Laughter is truly the best medicine, even for babies!
- Create Additional Bonds
Your baby will have a bond between parents, close friends, siblings, caregivers or others who are close to them, but creating an additional bond between them and a pet can really be great. If you let the baby grow up with a puppy, chances are they will become best buds.
- Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Studies are showing that having a dog around can help reduce stress and anxiety in adults, and that also applies to babies and children. Dogs have the uncanny ability to get people to relax and cheer up.
- Improve Impulse Control
Impulses are quite hard to control as an adult, but for babies and children, it can be nearly impossible. Your dog can improve impulse control in your child. Furthermore, service dogs are often used to help children with Autism and other conditions associated with a lack of impulse control.
Raising a baby around a dog can be a great idea. There are not only social benefits but also great health benefits. You can even choose breeds that are more ‘kid-friendly’ than others. When choosing a pet you should take a look at size, temperaments and other details. If you have kids with allergies, you may need to look into some hypoallergenic breeds that produce less dander. Bottom line, your baby can benefit greatly by having a dog in the home!