We are a dog family. Since I was about 12 years old my family always had one, if not two, dogs in my house. Now that I’m married and with a family of my own I still have the joy of having a dog as a part of my family. I love seeing how our dog Maya interacts with our baby boy, and how our baby boy takes such joy in having her around. So I thought I’d share with all of you what I think the top ten benefits are to growing up with a puppy.
10- It can teach responsibility. Teach your kids that the dog needs to be taken for walks, bathed, brushed, fed, poop picked up, etc., and it can be a great way for them to learn responsibility.
9-Dogs are incredibly loving. All a dog really wants is to love and be loved. They will cuddle with you when you’re happy, when you’re sad, and just because.
8- Play time! What better to entertain an energetic child than an equally energetic dog that is perfectly happy running laps around the yard?
7- Exercise. You know all that running they’re doing around the yard? That’s great exercise!
6- Boost your immune system. I’ve read in several articles that babies who grow up around a dog have stronger immune systems. Now I’m no scientist but I do know that babies love to explore by touching everything and sticking things in their mouth, what better way to get exposure to other germs than dog toys? (not that you should just leave baby to chew on the dog toys however)
5- Loyalty. Dog’s are very loyal, there is a reason they’re referred to as man’s best friend.
4- Protection. A dog always protects who they love. No, this should not mean that they cause terror to anyone who dare approach you or your baby, but it does mean that if a dog thinks his baby buddy is in trouble he will quickly run over to guard him.
3- Double the cuteness. Seriously, just look at all of the adorable photos of babies and their puppies. So much cuteness.
2- Entertainment. I can’t even tell you how often my little guy laughs his head off by simply watching our dog be a dog, and who doesn’t love a good baby laugh?
1- And the #1 reason why it’s great to grow up with a dog is simply because dogs are the best! And all you dog lovers out there know exactly what I’m talking about 🙂