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7 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Child a Dog

Updated on April 4, 2013
It's so much fun when you have a dog!  Games, physical activities and good mood are all included.
It's so much fun when you have a dog! Games, physical activities and good mood are all included. | Source

When I was a child, I wanted to have a pet more than anything in the world. It took me a few years to talk my parents into allowing me to have a dog and one day my parents gave in to my pleads. I was eleven years old when my parents bought me a cute little puppy, I couldn't be happier that my long term dream at last came true.

The joy of having my first childhood pet is unforgettable, he was a little mixed-breed dog, very loyal and extremely clever. All my friends and neighbours fell in love with him, he was that irresistible and a true pride and joy to me.


Now as an adult, I understand all the worries my parents had connected with having a dog at home. I suspect you have those worries too, that’s why you are looking for reassurance before you make a decision.

Some of the concerns parents have:

  • Home furniture in case the dog would take on like of sharpening its teeth against it – not every dog does it and there are ways to avoid this issue.
  • Dog will pee at home – it is easily avoided as well, teaching a dog good discipline from the beginning.
  • Dog loose hair regardless how much you brush it, which would mean more cleaning – while that is true, you can choose a smooth coat dog, also smaller dog means less hair.
  • Dog is almost as big responsibility as having a child – but it’s also a big delight.
  • Lack of knowledge about care and training - there are tons of literature, as well as information on the web on the subject, it will help look after your pet properly.

Let’s put all your worries away now and look at what having a dog will mean for your child:

  1. These days children tend to spend a way too much time in front of a computer screen, which isn't good neither for their eyes, nor for their young bodies. Regular walks with the dog would be a natural way of making your child to have breaks from computer.
  2. Playing with the dog is an excellent exercise for your child, especially outdoors.
  3. It’s been long known and undeniable fact that dogs are brilliant friends and great company.
  4. Dog training is a good way that will keep your child busy.
  5. Having a puppy will allow your child to experience what it’s like being in charge.
  6. Being responsible for a dog will help your child learn to care.
  7. Owning a dog is a good way to meet new people and make new friends, especially if your child is a bit shy and feels lonely.

With all the for and against I listed above, I would like to mention one more important thing, please, don’t buy your child a dog if you don’t really want to have one, it’s not going to work out this way. Make sure all members are equally happy to welcome a dog in the family. This way you won’t get yourself into an unpleasant situation that after buying a dog you will have to look for a new home for it later.

Also in my opinion child should be at least ten years old to be able to fully appreciate responsibility and joy of having a pet.

Hope my experience will come in use and will help you to make a right decision on whether or not you should buy a puppy for your child.

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    • renee21 profile image

      renee21 2 years ago

      I love dogs! I will always have a dog. Great hub! Voted up!

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      Dina Blaszczak 3 years ago from Poland

      @Sydney Schoffer I'm pleased for you and thanks for commenting :)))

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      Sydney Schoffer 3 years ago

      My dog is the newest member of our family and we love it soooooooo much!

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      Dina Blaszczak 5 years ago from Poland

      Thanks a lot for reading, voting and sharing your thoughts :)

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      We've always had dogs and I had always thought that having one had helped us become well, compassionate. This was just my thinking until my Japanese friend of mine told me that it is indeed true for his case. He said he was such a pain to his mom while he was growing up. When he was in high school, his family bought a dog and since then he said his attitude has changed! It was strange, he noted, but after they bought the dog, he learned how to be nice not just to his pet but to all his family members, including his mom of course. Voting your hub up, interesting and beautiful!