The Benefits of Raising Dog Lovers is brought to you through a partnership with John Paul Pet. All opinions are my own.
While I like to think that I am the best mom in the world, I do fall short in a few areas. Although when I see a problem, I naturally try to fix it, there is one thing I refuse to change that may be impacting my daughter in a negative way.
I am not a people person.
I know that may be something you hear everyday and it doesn’t carry the amount of weight it should when I say it but I am the living breathing definition of this, I can’t stand people. I was fine with being that way and didn’t care to change my ways but when I noticed the impact it had on my daughters social interactions I knew something had to change.
Don’t get it twisted, I don’t think I am a bad person for not liking people, on the contrary I think the reason I don’t like people is because they are the bad ones, they fall short, not me.
I have learned over the years that a lot of dog lovers and cat lovers, animal lovers in general, prefer interactions with their pets over humans. We are not alone and in many ways our relationships with our pets speak volumes about us as people.
That fact inspired me to adopt our puppy Daisy but I never realized until observing her interaction with my daughter these past 6 months, that there are many benefits of Raising Dog Lovers aside from companionship of the non people variety.
My daughter has not only learned how to take care of another living creature but her overall mood has improved. She doesn’t even struggle to get out of bed anymore because all I have to do is give Daisy the command, she then runs up the stairs, flings the door open, and jumps on my daughters head in the morning to wake her up.
My daughter loves this by the way and it is the only thing that really works at getting her out of bed without an attitude. She usually wakes up with a dog on her chest and a smile on her face when Daisy plays alarm clock.
There are not only mental and emotional benefits to raising dog lovers, there are many proven health benefits as well!
- Petting a dog can actually lower your blood pressure.
- Owning a Pet can decrease your risk of heart attack.
- Just being around pets can decrease stress levels and anxiety.
- Dog Lovers tend to get more exercise through play and walking their dogs.
- Never underestimate the benefits of a good guard dog, they may literally save your life!
Raising kids to be Dog Lovers is a great way to teach them about regular exercise early on as well as encourage them to get outdoors and enjoy nature, which seems to be a fading interest.
Now obviously Daisy is not a mean guard dog who will attack an intruder but she does bark like a psycho whenever anyone comes near our home, so she is more like an alarm but that works for me.
Another great reason to encourage your children to be dog lovers is just to let them observe animal behavior. It can be really educational to watch how the smallest change in a schedule can impact a dogs behavior, seriously Daisy knows when her favorite girl is supposed to be home and when she isn’t she sits and waits for her.
You may be wondering what that monstrosity on my daughters door is and I must admit it is quite embarrassing to have that in this perfect picture of Daisy but I gave my daughter free range in her decor including the outside of her door.
What was I thinking? I can’t go back on my word now but that is another area I fall short as a parent, the need to please and give her everything she desires to encourage happiness that I feel I never had as a kid.
That’s Billy Bob Joe on her door by the way. A guy who manages to be both large headed and without a head at the same time.
He is also a guy in a skirt with a pretty serious stache holding Mickey Mouse and a razor, you know normal kid drawings.
The photo proves that my daughter and Daisy have a serious bond. She could not wait for her to get home and when she did, Daisy let her know how much she missed her. She usually greets her with a fast tail wag, a full on tackle and plenty of face slaps with her tongue.
That may be the best reason to raise dog lovers, they will always get a large return for the amount of effort they put in. Dog lovers know what unconditional love is and are able to give that right back, which is something we can not really expect out of many people.
It’s a good thing that I love this dog unconditionally because she is pretty stinky. Seriously, I have never had a dog who consistently goes outside smelling fresh and comes inside within minutes smelling like hot garbage.
I don’t know what she gets into but I am so glad to have John Paul Pet Products to make her smell fresh again. I recently tried out the Lavender Mint Shampoo during bath time and after I washed the questionable smell off of Daisy, I used the Tooth and Gum Wipes, Ear & Eye Wipes, and the Lavender Mint Detangling spray while brushing her.
She looked brighter, whiter, and smelled so good I couldn’t stop snuggling her. The next time I let her out, she was back at digging holes and rolling in random scents so the Body & Paw Pet Wipes came in handy to keep her clean in between her baths, which at this point in her life is pretty often.
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