Dogs can help us to stay fit, they can keep us company, and even offer unconditional love and companionship. Families with kids have yet may think twice about getting a dog, but they, in reality have a big reason to have one: According to the American Pet Product Association’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, 58 percent of pet owners say their pets help teach their kids to be responsible.
But what is really true? Can dogs teach kids responsibility? Guess what? The answer is yes, as long as the child gets to be with the dog from a very small age.
You can create age appropriate tasks for the dogs and kids to do together
Older kids and teens are able to do more than younger kids, but even the youngsters can help out. In the case of smaller children you can use ideas like;
- Helping you dry the dog’s supper dish after you wash it.
- Alerting you when the dog’s water bowl needs to be refilled.
- Helping you brush the dog.
Allocate more complicated tasks for older children
- Help you feed the dog. Ask your child to fill the bowl with a pre-measured amount of food. Do not allow the child to set the bowl down unless you are sure the dog has no food-aggression issues. Otherwise your child could get hurt.
- Help you put the dog’s toys away at the end of the day.
- Let them exercise the dog. Playing fetch, running, or rolling around will give dogs and kids exercise..
- Train the dog. Try taking a dog training class with your child, or look for a dog training class for kids.
- Let them take control of the dog and take them on walks. Teach them to lookout, stay centered and calm and to gain the obedience of the dog as well.