12 Ways Pets Are Great for Children

Pets Can Be Good for Our Children

Dog ownership can teach children about responsibility, help them process their feelings and improve health. Here are just a few benefits our children gain from owning a dog:

    1. Teaching children to care of a puppy can make them more cooperative and generous.
    2. When children imagine how a petfeels, it helps them learn to empathize with their peers and take their feelings into account.
    3. Confiding in pets as if they were friends can help children recover from trauma.
    4. Children who own a dog or cat often have higher self-esteem.
    5. Children who grow up with a a dog or cat are less likely to develop allergies.
    6. Children who own dogs or cats experience fewer sick days.

“Because [humans] evolved solving problems about animals, animals have the power to entrain our attention. And when we are around animals, we become more joyous, communicative, expressive, and calm.”

Aaron Katcher, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania