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Improving Your Childs Behavior by Getting a Dog

Apr 5, 2008
It sounds like a strange concept, but getting a dog can actually help to improve your child's behavior. All children love puppies. When I was young, I begged my parents to get a dog, and they of course gave in and got one. Few children think about the responsibility part of having a dog, especially a puppy.

Let's talk a bit about how a new puppy can help your child. If they have behavior problems, it is possible that it is due to the lack of a creative outlet. Even if this is not so, it still can help them develop discipline, and good habits.

As was already stated, a dog involves responsibility. Children usually do not know what is involved when it comes to caring for a dog. This is a great way to teach your child how to care for a pet. Your child will not have the luxury of being irresponsible anymore. They will need to know the consequences of neglecting their new dog. This is especially true if they are a new puppy.

Neglecting their duties to take the dog potty can lead to a mess to clean up. Tending to the needs of their new dog causes them to develop and mature because that new dog depends on them. The result of this will be that your child will see the benefit of their care and love towards their companion.

If they are the only child in the family, this will give them the assurance that you are a fair parent. Also, you will show them that good behavior is rewarded when you reward the dog for doing well as you reward your child for their good deeds.

The same goes for getting a reward for good behavior. When the dog does something well like learn a new trick, or successfully go to the door to let you know they have to go potty you should reward them. In like manner, you should reward your child for their good behavior and accomplishments. Then your child will see that good behavior reaps good consequences as well.

Getting a dog or puppy is a good way to give your child some needed skills at handling responsibility. It also teaches them responsibility and how good decisions and behavior lead to good consequences and how bad behavior leads to negative consequences.
About the Author
Jake is a natural dog lover. Some of his favorite dog product picks include Pet Naturals Daily Best Vitamins for Puppies and for doggy rewards he picks Zebra Bones Dog Treats.
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