Tasks like helping care for a pet can significantly improve a child's self-esteem, fostering a sense of responsibility.
Children with pets tend to be more empathetic, learning early on how to care for and nurture a dependent animal.
Pets offer unconditional acceptance, often being named by children as a go-to source of comfort during problems.
Interacting with pets, from giving commands to casual babbling, can boost a child's cognitive development.
Petting a dog lowers cortisol levels in both the child and the pet, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.
Playing with a pet increases serotonin and dopamine levels, enhancing mood and creating a happier environment.
Children with dogs tend to be more active, spend more time outdoors, and have a decreased chance of developing allergies.