• Pet Attraction

    Pet Attraction

    Reasons why getting a pet is good for your child

    Many of us have fond memories growing up with either having a pet dog or cat. No matter our cultural backgrounds, those of us who had and still have pets have this special attraction to them.  We consider our pets a part of our home and family life.

    I was always a dog lover as grew up having them as pets. I remember having my first dog when I was about 6 years old. A cross between a poodle and a border collie. His name was Spotty as he was white with big black patches. He was so cute and adorable.

    Tragically he was knocked and killed by a car whilst walking with us to the shop. In hindsight we should’ve had him on a leash. The whole family was heartbroken. As we were so emotionally attached to this dog; it made the grieving process hard to deal with.

    My husband and I had dogs before having our children. When we finally had our children; the dogs were no longer puppies and already part of the family. This made it easier to introduce the babies to them. We also felt that it was important to raise our children around animals. Our children absolutely love animals. How they interact and care for their pets is amazing. They talk and sign to their pets every day and have pretend play sessions which involves the dogs.

    It sounds crazy right but you will never understand how these pets respond once the children are around.  They go absolutely balistic – even the fish – when the girls go closer to the tank to talk to them they will automatically swim to the top thinking that they will give them food.

    Currently we have 2 jack russel dogs, 2 love birds and 2 gold fish. As per my blog header, you can see that they form part of our family. But at one point we had 4 goldfish and a hamster who also formed part of the family but sadly died due to their lifespan.

    Although our girls want more pets like a bunny, a turtle and another puppy; we have put a limit on the amount of pets we currently have.  You see to own pets are costly.  They need food, treats, special tablets for deworming and flees, tonics and if they are sick, you need to pay for care.  Besides the cost, pets are not low maintenance. They require cleaning up after them, they need attention, socialization, training, grooming and you need to have a lot of patience.

    My girls are now at an age where they are responsible for feeding, cleaning up after the pets and walking the dogs.

    Besides the cons of owning a pet, there are so many pros as well.

    Good reasons why a pet will be good for your child.

    • Pets don’t judge and they give unconditional love.
    • It acts as a companion and can help to increase your child’s verbal and reading skills. Pets become a child’s friend and give them the attention they need. Children feel more comfortable talking and reading to pets.
    • Pets teach your child responsibility (read below how your child can help with caring for the pets).
    • By having responsibility, social skills and improved verbal skills from interacting with pets. This will subsequently will give your child self confidence.
    • Pets encourage exercise and play.
    • By becoming attached, nurturing and forming an emotional bond with pets; it teaches children empathy, compassion and respect.
    • Pets are good for a child’s health as it improves their immune system, lower the risk of allergies, improves mental health, stress and anxiety levels.

    Teach your child responsibility towards the pet by encouraging the following:

    • Let your child assist you with feeding the pets and giving them fresh water every day.  As they grow older they need to learn to do it on their own.
    • Involve them when washing and brushing the dogs.
    • Let your child assist in cleaning the pets mess, kennels, cat litter box, cages and fish tank.

    Although pets make great companions, be sure to select the right pet for your family.  Make sure that you can afford having a pet around. That the pet fits into your lifestyle. You need to be committed to take care of the pet. It is important to put the safety of your family first and to show your children how to interact and respect pets.

    Whether you adopt or purchase a pet; the rewards of owning one are great.  If you are a pet owner and have children, how did your pets adapt to the fact that the children become part of the family and vice versa?


    1. November 14, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      We had a Westie before our little one joined us a few years back. When I was pregnant, my dog would be so protective over me and that was so sweet. Now that our little one is here, they are just like brothers. They have good times and bad times together but most importantly everyone in the family is responsible in looking after one another. #DreamTeam

      • Noleen Miller
        November 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

        Aah that is so cute – dogs are the best. Thanks for reading my post.#DreamTeam

    2. November 15, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      My daughter has grown up with a cat and she’s so funny with him – she definitely thinks that she is the boss of him! #fortheloveofBLOG

      • Noleen Miller
        November 15, 2017 / 3:09 pm

        Love it when they have this special relationships with their pets. Thanks for reading my post.#fortheloveofBLOG

    3. November 16, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      I’ve always grown up with pets too – actually for most of my childhood we also had two Jack Russels – I love their cheeky temperament. For now we just have goldfish but as the children get a little older we would love to get another dog. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

      • Noleen Miller
        November 16, 2017 / 6:26 pm

        Dogs are the best and they really make good family pets but you need to choose a breed that will suit your family. Thank you for reading my post.#Dreamteam

    4. November 16, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Me and my daughter would love to get a dog but we need to convince my OH! I’ll have to show him this post x
      Thanks for joining #StayclassyMama

      • Noleen Miller
        November 16, 2017 / 6:21 pm

        Hope you can convince him – dogs are the best.#StayClassyMama

    5. November 16, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      We have a crazy dog who generally drives me up the wall. She’s my husband’s dog, but our teenage son does most of the walking and feeding for her. That has made him a lot more responsible. She was here before our two younger sons, and used to give middle son a wide berth as a baby. She would never go on his play mat, but would lie alongside it as if she was guarding him. Once he got mobile she was quite scared of him! Now he torments and loves her in equal amounts. We have a new baby, and she basically ignores him, so I think she’s got over her baby fear!

      • Noleen Miller
        November 17, 2017 / 8:55 am

        Ah that is so cute – it’s amazing how they just fit right in with the family. Hope she brings you lots of joy – I love dogs.#StayClassyMama

    6. November 20, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      This is a great list. If I wasn’t allergic to animal fur I would definitely get a dog. Thank you for sharing with #SatyClassyMama

      • Noleen Miller
        November 20, 2017 / 7:37 pm

        Thanks for reading my post. I totally get that as my husband and daughter is allergic to cat fur but luckily our dogs don’t have long hair.#StayClassyMama

    7. November 21, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Wow you have a lot of animals and I can see how good they are for children, and vice versa. My daughter loves animals and I know that she would love a cat or a dog. However we live in a flat and I’m not entirely keen…..if only you could rent a pet. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

      • Noleen Miller
        November 22, 2017 / 9:46 am

        Lol yes we do but thank heavens they are low maintenance pets – besides the dogs. The girls want more but we have put a limit on it as we will most probably need a small holding should we decide to get more.#fortheloveofBLOG

    8. December 4, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Great post. My little one is just starting to get involved in the looking after and feeding our cats. She really loves having them around! #ItsOK

      • Noleen Miller
        December 7, 2018 / 2:37 pm

        Oh that is great. I love seeing the interaction between kids and pets.

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