Reasons Pets Are Great For Kids

Everybody loves the family pet, seeing it as a source of entertainment and fun. But do you know that having a pet can also benefit a child’s development in significant ways? Research has consistently shown that children with pets have some serious advantages when it comes to acquiring important life skills over their counterparts. Here are some of the most important of these effects.

They Learn to Socialize

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Social situations are often fraught with anxiety for children, who have yet to learn the rules of etiquette and society that guide adult interaction. While obviously the best way for children to learn to socialize is with other people, particularly children of the same age, pets can play a positive role in this process. Pets have needs and wants just like people, and learning to understand what behaviors indicate those needs and wants lets kids practice the difficult process of decoding social cues and empathizing with other living things.

They Learn to be Physically Active

Many pets love physical activity, be it running around a yard or rolling around a living room in a ball. By encouraging your kids to play along with the animals, you can instill in them a lifelong commitment to physical activity that will help them stay in shape later in life. Although we tend to think of physical fitness as mostly involving workouts and strenuous activity, it also includes simply not being sedentary, and relatively low-impact exercise like walking the family dog around the block can help keep your kids from turning into couch potatoes.

They Learn to Care for a Living Creature

All kids benefit from learning to care for a living thing; after all, many of them will have kids of their own one day. Experience gained from raising a pet can teach them about caring for a creature that relies on you for its well-being. Involve your kids in the day-to-day care of the pet, through assigning chores like feeding the animal or taking it for a walk. It’s also a good idea to involve them in the process of larger-picture pet care, such as getting the advice of a vet through a service like Kuddly, or planning a diet.

They Learn a Routine

Another positive effect of involving your kids in the pet’s daily routine is that it helps them learn to plan. Kids aren’t born able to manage time and set a schedule; they have to gain those skills through practice. The distance from their own lives intrinsic to pet care can let kids separate themselves from the picture and approach the job logically, though not dispassionately. Setting times for specific pet care routines and creating schedules for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks helps kids see how time management works on different timeframes.

Of course, the main reason to have a family pet is to expand the family and bring more love into your home. At the same time, there are some very practical arguments as to why you should do so. Think over what kind of pet would work best with your family’s lifestyle, and bring home a new family member. One day, your kids will thank you.

Charlie is Ready for Christmas!

Just a few weeks to go and it will be Christmas! This will be the 2nd Christmas of Charlie, our toy poodle. We are quite excited as he is no longer a puppy this year and is fully potty trained now. We’ve already taken him to the beach twice this year and look forward to opening our gifts with him. Of course, we’d like him to dress up nicely for Christmas too.

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I can’t wait to see Charlie all prepped up for Christmas!

Keep Your Pet Looking Spiffy

A high percentage of households are a home to pets these days, but many owners do not have the time required to groom them adequately even though they are highly valued for their companionship. This means the pet is not only shedding lots of hair, but their skin and haircoat may not be as healthy as desired. Grooming removes excess hair and stimulates the hair follicle to produce oil to hydrate the hair and skin, and grooming may also reveal parasites that need to be removed.

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Charlie, our toy poodle

Pet grooming may not fit into the busy schedule of the average person, so taking the pet to a professional groomer is well worth the extra expense. A session with the groomer will not only involve a thorough bath after a high percentage of shedding hair as been removed, but some breeds also need to be clipped. Clipping around the eyes, ears and face requires skill and knowledge that the average pet owners does not possess. The professional pet groomer will also clip the nails if the owner is not able to accomplish this task that can be challenging with some dogs.

Some dogs or cats will not appreciate their first trip to the groomer, but after a few sessions they will look forward to the pet equivalent of the beauty salon or barber their owner regularly visits.

Training Your Dog

Getting a new pooch companion may seem like a wonderful idea, but dogs can be deceptively challenging. They may ploy you with their wide-eyed innocence as puppies, but that novelty will quickly wear off when you step in the present he’s left for you in the morning before you get your coffee.

Potty training your pooch is only half of the battle, too. Puppies who haven’t been trained are likely to remain rambunctious and difficult to control as they get older. The result is a disobedient dog that will likely get you and itself in a heap of trouble. To counter this experience, it’s certainly best to devote the time and energy necessary to train your dog properly.

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Though, you may be at a loss of where to begin. Devices like the e collar have been especially designed to make training your dog a lot simpler and straightforward. Essentially, you’ll use a collar that is affixed with a remote control device. This device can vibrate and beep at various strengths and intervals that you control directly. By using the fundamentals of conditioning, you can teach your dog to abstain from jumping on people as well as other unruly behavior. You can also use it to instill basic commands such as “sit”, “stop” and “stay”. One of the biggest issues dog owners have is with walking. With the help of a remote controlled collar, you can get your dog to be a patient, calm walker who isn’t overly-excited by people and other animals.

Meet Charlie, Our Newest Family Member

After months and months of research, we finally welcomed the newest member of our family last Monday, May 27.

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Meet  Charlie Brown. He is a 2 month old apricot toy poodle.

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The kids and I have been very busy for the past 2 weeks taking care of him. Thankfully, it seems like he is finally potty trained. He only does his business outside of the house now.

Having a pet at home is a good way to train the kids to become more responsible and to understand how to provide care and provision for a loved one. Gratefully, all is well. We’ve been having lots of funny moments with Charlie too.

I look forward to the day when Charlie is fully vaccinated and trained. I’m sure we will have more adventures together as a family!