Kids and pets can be great friends, and can really help a child to appreciate, respect and love another living creature.
That's not all: there are a number of reported benefits for children that have pets. A few years’ ago, a study by JAMA Paediatrics suggested that having a dog can reduce the chances of asthma, and possibly colds.
The study looked at a million children and found that those growing up on farms with animals were 50% less likely to develop asthma at school age.
Nonetheless, when introducing children to our furry friends, there's a couple of helpful tips we can consider, here's a few:
By focusing on this, you will soon be able to anticipate your pet’s temperament and act accordingly. When it comes to introducing your dog to baby, don’t forget they need attention too, this will help prevent unnecessary jealous behaviour around children. And as all dog owners know, it’s always important to reward and recognise good behaviour.
With proper adult supervision and teaching your child how to act lovingly (but not overbearingly) to a dog, it can help minimise this happening.
Examples include, telling your child to give a dog space while it’s eating, playing with a toy, sleeping, or is sick or injured.
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