Whether you own a dog, a cat or even a fish, there are many life lessons that pet ownership can teach kids. While some families have opted to have a pet free home for their own reasons, perhaps an allergy, there are many families who’ve opted to say yes to that pet. The reason many families try to have a pet is for companionship in addition to knowing that being a pet owner can teach valuable life lessons to their kids. Today I am sharing 4 life lessons pet ownership can teach kids.
Owning a dog is a great way to teach kids leadership skills. Have your kid involved in teaching your family dog basic commands. Have your kids work with a professional trainer or watch YouTube videos to learn a few basic commands. Once they’ve accomplished teaching your family dog new commands, they will feel self-pride and in turn, have strengthened their leadership skills.
Compassion and Empathy
Pets are great companions. Many times a cat or dog develops a close-knit relationship with its family. In time your kids still start to see how your family pet comes to the rescue when someone is hurt, sad or feeling under the weather. As your kids watch your pet come to the rescue in its human’s time of need, they will start to develop similar levels of compassion and empathy towards others.
Owning a pet is no joke, there are many things that a pet requires from its owner. There are the basic needs such as food and place to go pee and poop. There are deeper needs such as cleaning up after the pet, bringing them to the vets and ensuring they get ample exercise. As your kids work to be part of the caretaking for a family pet, they learn to be more responsible kids in all areas of life.
Trusty & Loyalty
As your kids get older they will learn that the family pet will always be there for them. It’s easy to confide in a dog or cat that won’t talk back when having a rough day. As your kids develop the habit to hug and talk to the family pet during a bad day, they will learn deep lessons about trust and loyalty that do carry on over into other areas of life.
There you have it 4 life lessons pet ownership can teach kids. Whether you’re on the fence about getting a family pet or already have one, remember that owning a pet brings more to the family than just another furry member of the crew. Pet ownership is a subtle way to develop important life skills within your children.