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How a Dog can Help your Child Struggling with Behavioral Issues

If you have a child who is struggling with behavioral issues, it can be beneficial to allow the child to grow up with a dog.

You may notice your child is calmer when they are connected with domestic animals.

A family-friendly pet is likely to be beneficial to a child struggling with social, sensory, or behavioral issues.

Dogs may help children in many ways.

How a Dog can Help your Child Struggling with Behavioral Issues


When children are interacting with their beloved pets rather than toys, they get to use their verbal and social skills for a longer period of time.

If you are having conflicts with your children, give them time away to play with their dog alone.

This will let them think, rather than being wrapped up in a video game.


When children bond with their dogs, it helps them to be empathetic toward others who need their care.

This may apply to other animals or fellow humans who are in need. If a child often misbehaves around other people or does not show care, having a dog they love can help teach this.

Positive Mood

Having interaction with a dog can improve a child’s mood and emotions.

The connection they share with their trusted pet will carry on into other places in their lives.


Owning a dog can help to reduce anxiety.

A dog’s presence can reduce the body’s amounts of cortisol, which is a stress-response hormone.

Service dogs are trained to decrease the amount of this hormone in people.

Studies have been completed to show the amount of cortisol increasing and decreasing in people in the presence of a dog.


There is a lot to take care of when there is a dog in the house.

Dogs need to be exercised on a regular basis, for example, which can encourage your child to play outside.

They must also be cleaned up after.

A child can be assigned chores that pertain to the dog such as vacuuming dog hair or wiping the floor after there have been wet paw marks.

Children can also learn responsibility by feeding the dog and providing water every day.

The dog may also need training, which will teach a child dedication and commitment.

If you choose to get a dog for your child who is struggling with behavioral issues, make sure that it is a family decision that will make everyone happy.

A well-fit, family-friendly dog may be what your child is looking for to be able to better cope with their daily stressors.

Karen Propes

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Dogs really bring out the love in people. They love you no matter what. I think when people or kids, they see that no matter what they do, the dog doesn't yell at them, That means the person can be themselves and feel at ease. Pets are great!

Hannah C

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Yes, I believe it! Dogs are very therapeutic!

michelle elizondo

Monday 4th of April 2016

I love dogs.

Christina Velez

Monday 4th of April 2016

Having pets in the home is always great teachers them responsibility, and I find it helps put a smile on my children faces keeping them less stressed.

Pamela James

Sunday 3rd of April 2016

I can promise this is true my son is ADHD and his dog was the one thing he depended on and the one friend he felt he had sometimes. Would even catch him talking to "Jake" about things that bothered him

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