Why do children want dogs

Six reasons dogs are healthy for kids

A dog is not just a loyal companion. Scientific studies show: children who growing up with dogs have stronger immune systems and develop a higher level of social competence.

Text: Irena Ristic

1. A dog in the house challenges and strengthens the child's immune system

The first years of life are particularly important for the development of the human immune system. Dogs can play a crucial role here. A study by the Finnish University of Kuopio found that babies who had a lot of contact with dogs in their first year of life suffer significantly less from infections and respiratory diseases than other children. Doctors attribute this to the dirt and bacteria that dogs bring into the household. The immune system of small children is challenged more and thus strengthened.

2. Dogs promote social skills

A dog in the family also promotes the emotional development and social skills of children and young people. Dogs are social animals, they want to go outside and seek contact. Having a fur nose as an “icebreaker” makes it easier for young masters to approach others.

3. Unconditional dog love is good for the child's soul

A study by the French University of Besançon also shows that young dog owners are less likely to be aggressive. Children who grow up with a dog therefore treat themselves and the environment more responsibly than their peers without four-legged friends at home. And it doesn't matter whether you're in a good mood, being shaken by adolescent hormone surges or the whole world finds it “stupid”: A dog takes you the way you are - this unconditional love is particularly good for a child's or teenage soul.