Pets are good for childrens’ wellbeing

Pets are good for childrens’ wellbeing

15/12/2015

We all know that children adore pets. Recent studies indicate that pets can even help relieve stress and anxiety disorders in kids, therefore contributing substantially to a child's wellbeing. But how does this happen? And how do we make use of it?

Pets can play an important role in the life of a child. A pet can be a really important friend for a child and in turn become a remedy for loneliness. Thanks to recent studies, we now know that pets can reduce stress and anxiety. This is because the child is in regular contact with the pet and builds a relationship of trust with it, consequentially developing self-confidence and positive social skills.



Besides advantages for mental health, pets also have a positive impact on our physical wellbeing. Children with pets get more physical exercise than children without any pets. Thanks to activities like walking and playing with the pet, they often are at a healthier weight. In addition to this, children who grew up with dogs or cats are less likely to develop an allergy.

Learning to handle pets responsibly
For all of these reasons, we know that it is a good idea to raise your child with pets. But the pets’ wellbeing is just as important as that of the children. Teach your child how to handle pets at a young age. Get him or her involved in the raising and training of your dog or cat. It’s not just a valuable learning experience, it’s also fun! Your child can discover playfully how to handle animals this way. Teach them to approach their pet calmly and stroke them softly. Give the pet a place to withdraw if he or she doesn’t want to be stroked at any given time. Show the child how caring for a pet is a big responsibility and requires time, money, commitment and love. You already know, and so will your child, that it is absolutely worth it!


Becoming a host family for pets
In order to let your child get acquainted with pets, you can register as a host family for dogs, cats or other pets. As a Pawshake host family, you can help pet owners by caring for their pet while they're away. The owners will be super happy and relieved to have you as their sitter when they themselves can’t be there for their beloved pet. The best part is you and your family can enjoy the company of a sweet dog or cat. A win-win situation! Would you like to be a pet sitter? Read all about it here.