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Dogs have been mans best friend for over 100,000 years. Originally starting their evolution as wolves, they helped humans through some difficult times.

There must be something pretty special between humans and dogs to last this long. If you are on the fence about getting a dog, here are 5 reasons you should take the plunge.

1. You have the perfect reason to go for walks as a family

Going on a walk can be dreadfully boring for some kids. Just getting them to put their shoes on can be a hassle. A dog however, can change the whole dynamic of a family walk. Instead of it being a chore, your kids will actively enjoy walking their furry brother/sister. It’s a good way to get the family in shape!

2. Snuggling and patting dogs increases feel good chemicals

It’s nearly impossible to stay angry, anxious or frustrated when you are playing with and petting a dog. For children who suffer from some types of anxiety, they may benefit from having a furry companion around. Petting a dog makes the body release feel good chemicals such as oxytocin, prolactin and dopamine! These feel good endorphins zap our negative feeling and leave us with a more positive outlook!

3. It encourages responsibility

By allowing your children to have some responsibility  over the family dog, you give them the ability to learn about responsibility, and how their actions affect other living creatures. having a dog is good for children as it allows them to ‘Parent play‘ and practice their caregiving skills.

4. Gives your child a friend who is always there

A dog will always be there for your child. After a long day at school, weekend sports etc. It gives your child a friend to turn on when they are not feeling their greatest. It’s a friend they can confide in when they don’t want to turn to human company. A dog is great at keeping and listening to secrets!

5. When your children drop food the dog will eat it

Less cleaning up for you to do, what’s not to love?

Tell us the reasons you either did or didn’t get a dog, and what breed you would recommend!
  • Dogs do make the very best friends. :)

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  • 5 is so true. Our dogs sit at the door waiting to be let in after meal time!

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  • Dogs really are our best friends! Growing up I always had a dog and am hoping I can do the same for my daughter too. She loves our dog now, I don’t know what’s going to happen when she goes :(

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  • We got a dog for child once in year 1 – has worked out way better than we expected – a really cuddly, playful and everyones friend Havanese. A great dog for young families.

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  • children with dogs

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  • how cute is that picture! My daughter loves our dog….she doesn’t have any siblings so our dog is great for company for her ♥

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  • my gosh, this pic is divine – and yep all kids need a dog xxx

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  • I would love a dog but my backyard is too small :( would love a Labrador one day!!

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  • Dogs are good for kids! Good read!

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  • Forget all the reasons that picture is just way too cute

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  • kids love dogs

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  • Great article thanks for sharing

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  • My kids grew up with 2 big dogs, a Rottie (Marley) who loved & guarded them, sorted out arguments, dobbed in the culprit, and a lab x great dane (Russell), for love, exercise and food pick up, lol, great times for all.

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  • I was never alowed a dog growing up. But when I left home guess what I got.

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  • that pic is so cuteeee! lol

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