Thursday, August 13, 2015

Teach Your Kids to Love and Take Care of Their Pets

I don't have any pets but am a HUGE animal lover and hope that a dog is in our future! I am very excited to present to you this guest post: 

Teach your kids to love and take care of their pets

Parents, schools, organizations for the protection of animals should educate children in terms of developing a culture of behavior towards animals, especially pets. Children need to understand the needs, habits, preferences pets have and learn what should be the proper relationship with them. This develops all positive character traits in young people and qualitatively raises awareness of social responsibility for individuals to protect the environment and the role of animals in it.

Teach your kids to love and take care of their pets

The influence of pets on child's development

Children who have pets develop a sense of responsibility and concern for others from an early age. Pets require constant care and are totally dependent on people who feed them, entertain them and provide exercise. Caring about a pet teaches a child empathy and compassion. Learning how to care for another being, a child will learn to take better care of himself. The parents are the ones who will have to show their children how to care for pets and transfer their love of animals. When the child is younger, parent will be in charge and kids will be able to help with feeding. When the child is older, the worry about the pet will increase. Of course, parents will need to remind and encourage that because children often get immersed in play time and thus can be forgettable.

Along with responsibility, pets bring children confidence. When children are successful in caring about a pet, they are proud of themselves and feel good. In turn, this increases their self-confidence.

Choose a pet properly

When choosing a pet, consider that you’re not getting a toy for your child, but a living being that will be another family member and whether you can endure it - financially and organizationally. Asking the veterinarian about specific demands - vaccination, cleaning against intestinal parasites and skin parasites, what animals need to eat to stay healthy, etc. is essential. 

If a family chooses a dog for a pet, the pet’s stay in an apartment or house requires adjustment to its natural instincts and needs. Dog should be provided with a corner in the home where it can relax, but at the same time keep track of all the events that are happening around it. It will be up to the dog whether it will like the place or not, which will be seen by its reaction. It is best to let the dog try to find a place for it and then have a soft, warm and comfortable blanket, pillows, dog baskets, pet toys and food and water bowls placed there. Numerous studies show that children who grew up with pets are less prone to allergies and asthma. Children who are in contact with pets during their first year of life, strengthen the immune system. Therefore, dogs shouldn’t be restricted just to parts of hallway or living room. Even sleeping with a (well groomed) dog is beneficial for child’s happiness and both mental and physical health. 

Teach your kids to love and take care of their pets

Hygiene and proper diet

Having a pet is a big commitment and children need to realize this as soon as possible. They need to feed the pets, maintain their hygiene, take them for a walk and play with them. It is scientifically proven that having pets helps children learn what discipline is because the animal needs to have a certain time for feeding and walking and the kids will have to adjust some of the obligations according to the needs of their favorite furry buddies. For example, brushing the dog is part of basic hygiene and maintenance of hair and it should begin as early as possible, even though all the puppies revolt when it comes to hair care. They should get accustomed to furminators, baths and other necessities soon enough. Moreover, for a long and healthy life, dogs need food consisting of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins. For complete and balanced nutrition it’s always better to consult veterinarian, who will give science-proved dietary prescription, such as Hills diet. In any case, vets should be consulted for further information on how specific foods can help the dog to continue to enjoy a happy and active life. It is of great importance to teach a child that dogs should be left alone while they eat and the responsibility to clean and feed the dog. Parents doing all the work wouldn’t have any purpose and children have to be involved with every activity related to pets from the very start. 

Teach your kids to love and take care of their pets

Spending quality time with pet

It is necessary to train and play with pets, especially dogs. If kids are big enough to independently walk the dog, that's great because they will be outside more and in the fresh air. In general, families that have a dog spend more time outdoors than those who don’t, and the fresh air and walking are good for all family members.

Pets soothe children. Like adults, children turn to pets when they are sad, angry or upset. Pets provide magical comfort, especially those furry ones that can be cuddled. Their love is infinite. Pets help people relax as well. Dogs especially have a therapeutic role in the family. Simple cuddling provides children with a sense of security. Dogs can listen about everything their owners have to say because they don’t interrupt the speech and do not give unsolicited advice – they are simply there for the most needed comfort. Therefore, advantages a child can have by growing up with a pet can be immense. 

Pets are always there for children, they never criticize and always are so happy to see them. Growing up is difficult and many children face problems like the lack of understanding by parents or peers. Children see the pet as a best friend who is always there to listen to them. It is perfect relationship in everyone's childhood.


About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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