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.
Children need a creative outlet in order to grow intellectually. Sometimes their bad behavior is the result of not being able to expend their creative energy. In this way, getting them a dog might be just what they need. This is especially true if they get a new puppy. Puppies obviously need more care and attention than an older dog.
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.
Your child will also see you give your dog discipline such as being put in time out for things like chewing on something important. In this way, they will see that they are not the only ones that are expected to behave. They will see that boundaries are placed for the dog as well. By seeing these things, your child will begin to see that good behavior is expected for everyone.
These things are a great way to build confidence as well. As they get used to tending to the dogs needs, they realize that they are partly responsible for their well being and that will make them feel good about themselves. As we all know, self esteem is important for children.
Taking care of the dog will also teach them about the importance of consequences either good or bad. The consequence for chewing up the furniture results in disciplinary measures for the dog. The consequence for a good job like going to the door to let you know they have to go potty results in a treat.
In this way, your child will understand that consequences affect everybody due to the choices we make. Young children sometimes feel like they are the only ones that get into trouble when they do something they are not supposed to. In this way they will see that they are being treated fairly when they are disciplined for their actions. This will help them to grow up to be responsible and mature adults.