Family dogs help children display better social skills and boost their self-esteem.
Research shows that children with family dogs have higher self-esteem. Living and looking after a dog allows children to experience love and compassion; feeding and caring for a dog encourages childhood responsibility.
It can even boost academic skills, such as reading. Studies show that reading aloud to a loyal (and nonjudgmental) friend, can turn a reluctant reader into a self-confident one.
Also, children who grow up in homes with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma and have lower blood pressure.
Children with dogs get outside more, go for walks, run and play, and have a healthier lifestyle.
Nurturing a dog is a cool way for boys to "parent play" and practice being caregivers.
Cuddling a dog reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.
Plus, it’s easier to make friends, as all the kids will want to come to your house for stay-overs.