Hi everyone! I’m Amberly, and I blog over at Life with Amberly and Joe. A little over a year ago, my husband and I added a Shorkie puppy to our little family. Since then, I’ve become convinced that not only does every married couple need a puppy, but I’ve learned why every family needs a puppy. There are so many ways that every single family member can benefit from bringing a furry ball of fun and energy home.
They are always eager to love you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter what you do or how long you’ve been gone, puppies are always excited to see you. They have an overabundance of kisses to give to anyone who’s willing to accept them and they seem to sense when you’re feeling down and need snuggles and attention. Everyone needs this kind of love in their lives. Puppies have a way of making the worst of days better and can provide much needed therapy for kids, teenagers and adults.
They help teach responsibility and give kids something to care for. Puppies don’t always require constant attention, but they are still dependent on their family for so many things. Younger children aren’t ready to be fully in charge of caring for something of their own, but a family pet can be a great way to teach them those skills for the future. A child can easily handle the responsibility of feeding, walking, and helping bathe their pet. Puppies need to be let outside and fed first thing every morning, which can help teach selflessness and to put other needs above their own. Children may need to be reminded of their responsibility sometimes and they will probably need help with some of the tasks they’re assigned, but with time, caring for the puppy they love will become a habit.
They encourage you to stay active and get daily exercise. Puppies have A LOT of energy, and if they don’t get enough attention or physical activity, they will use that energy for mischief. Rarely do we see children and families outside playing anymore. They spend too much of their time sitting around watching movies and playing video games instead. Not only does this encourage lazy behavior, but it doesn’t provide an ideal environment for building close family bonds. Having a puppy around means long walks, playing fetch at the park or in the backyard, and even a little fun inside the house. All of that exercise and play will be good for everyone’s health, help your puppy sleep better (and longer) and give them a positive outlet for all of the spunk that they came with.
They provide endless entertainment for everyone. You will never run out of fun things to talk about when you have a puppy around. They will become a member of your family and you’ll find yourself discussing about your fur child just as much as you do your human children. Kids will be eager to share the new trick they taught their best friend, you’ll laugh together over their quirky little habits, and there will new things to discover about their personality every day.
Having a cute, furry creature as a member of your family will give you many opportunities to learn, discover and bond as a family. Puppies are a lot of work, but the rewards and benefits of having one in your family far outweigh the frustrating moments. Deciding to bring one home is definitely one decision you will never regret!