So we know a cockapoo is man’s best friend, but it’s also a kid’s. Nowadays the modern family includes a happy couple, a kid or two and a dog. They’re valued members of the family (the dog, not the kids) and they bring a unique kind of happiness that can’t be measured.
Most children ask for a dog at some point, and parents aren’t always sure it’s the best idea. The reasons for their concern is valid, like what if the dog hurts my child? What if my child hurts the dog? What if I can’t manage with both? Who’s going to clean the poop? Who’s going to feed it? We’re still talking about the dog here, just in case you were wondering
It’s okay to worry about these things, but there are also so many positives to raising a kid with a cockapoo in the house. Here are our top 10 reasons.
1. Cockapoos are a good way to teach kids responsibility
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- 1 1. Cockapoos are a good way to teach kids responsibility
- 2 2. Cockapoos make the best listeners
- 3 3. Dogs help children become better socialised.
- 4 4. Kids are less prone to allergies with a dog
- 5 5. Dogs encourage a more active lifestyle
- 6 6. Dogs are a natural antidepressant
- 7 7. Kids with dogs get sick a lot less
- 8 8. Dogs protect kids
- 9 9. Dogs are the best teachers of compassion and empathy
- 10 10. Dogs and kids provide endless photo opportunities
A cockapoo will teach your kid responsibility from a young age. It’s normal for children to clean their rooms, wash dishes and take out the trash but to be honest these don’t require any kind of accountability. Caring for another living thing is something very different.
The best way to do this is to assign a few tasks, for example:
- Cleaning up the poo
- Taking the dog for regular walks
- Making sure there’s always fresh water in his bowl
- Feeding the dog according to a schedule
Mastering these few tasks requires discipline and will instil a sense of responsibility that some adults don’t even have.
2. Cockapoos make the best listeners
The reason, or at least one of them, that a dog is called ‘man’s best friend’ is because of their loyalty, their unconditional love and their ability to listen. A dog won’t judge, and if they do they won’t say anything. What gets said to a cockapoo stays with a cockapoo.
On a more serious note, there is a psychological benefit to having someone or some poo listen to you, especially if a child isn’t comfortable talking to other adults or even their parents.
Socialising your child doesn’t need to involve other kids; a dog can play as big a part. According to various studies, a child that grows up with a pet in the house shows better social development compared to children of the same age who don’t. At an early age when children are still developing their socialization skills, they’re often more sensitive and a dog is a perfect pal that won’t laugh at them or tease them.
4. Kids are less prone to allergies with a dog
An infant that grows up with a pup in the house is less likely to be allergic to dogs and cats as an adult. However, it needs to be before the age of one year. After that, there’s no correlation between reduced allergies and having a pet.
While researchers aren’t completely sure why, they think that while the baby is still developing its immune system, the exposure to dog-related bacteria and allergens strengthens their immunity.
5. Dogs encourage a more active lifestyle
Telling a kid to go outside and toss a stick on their own doesn’t make much sense. Nor does telling them to take a walk around the block but when they have a dog both, activities are loads of fun. According to the American Heart Association a dog could prevent obesity and heart disease. Perhaps sedentary adults should get a cockapoo too.
6. Dogs are a natural antidepressant
Depression is serious at any age, but it’s particularly harmful to children who are still finding their place in the world. Studies show that pets, and dogs especially, can help fight this terrible disease.
Dogs offer a special, unconditional love that can really help anyone suffering from depression.
7. Kids with dogs get sick a lot less
We know cockapoos can reduce allergies, help with obesity and heart disease and be a support for someone who suffers from depression but they can also help kids fight off illness.
Children with dogs are 29% less likely to need antibiotics and 44% less likely to get an ear infection. If you’re not rushing out to get a cockapoo reading this, then we just don’t know.
8. Dogs protect kids
Dogs are natural protectors and will put themselves in harm’s way to keep the ones they love safe. Remember the old classic “Lassie” where a collie saves his owner by alerting everyone with a bark? Or “Old Yeller”, the movie where the cross-breed takes on a wolf to save his adopted family?
9. Dogs are the best teachers of compassion and empathy
Growing up to be a decent human being that’s liked and respected means learning how to feel compassion and empathy toward others, and while parents or adults can lead by example, kids learn a lot more from their pets.
Studies around the world show the effect animals have on children:
- In Poland children between the ages of four and eight with dogs scored higher in self-reliance and pro-social behavior
- A study was done in Germany and found that kids between the ages of six and 17 with autism, bulimia, anorexia and anxiety disorders showed an improvement with the help of a therapy dog.
The bond between a kid and his cockapoo is unbreakable, and when one is sad or hurt, the other jumps in to help. This is the very foundation compassion and empathy are based on.
10. Dogs and kids provide endless photo opportunities
Let’s face it, posting a pic of your kid is cute as is posting a pic of your cockapoo. Post them posing together and you have a viral photo. You could even create your own YouTube channel with all the funny and cute moments they share.
Being a responsible pet owner means taking care of your pooch for as long as they’re in your lives. They’re not seasonal and they don’t thrive alone. If you’ve grown up with a cockapoo, you’ll know the impact it’s had on your life, and chances are you want your kid to experience the same. However, as convincing as our reasons are to get a pup, remember it’s a big decision that the whole family needs to agree on.