The Benefits of having a dog as a family | Mum In The Madhouse

The Benefits of having a dog as a family

Can you believe that is is nearly two years since we brought Alvin in to our family.  He turns two on April 18th and we can not imagine life without him.  After being a cat family we have tuned in to a dog family and are really looking forward to watching Crufts this year! I mean how do you even choose the right pet for your family

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We have also had a great deal of fun the last few days watching these fab “Ninja Dogs” who will get you if you disrespect the chocolate in Balsen Pick Up Biscuits!

We have a sneak peek of the advert for you below……..

Do you have a #‎chocninja‬ Ninja Dog?  Alvin used to be terrible when we ate, but is getting better,sits and watches intently when you are eating!

If you do have a ninja dog then make sure you share a picture of your #‎chocninja‬ with Pick Up Biscuits for the chance to win some yummy biccies and whilst you are at it take a look at the Pick Up Facebook page where they are some ace video’s of other Ninja Dogs and who doesn’t love a good dog video.

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Whilst we are talking about pets, I want to share with you the benefits we have found as a family from having Alvin around.

Dogs are companionship – not just someone to cuddle, walk and talk to, but also read too.  The amount of times we have found Maxi and Alvin curled up with Maxi reading out loud to him.

Dogs teach responsibility – Both the boys help with the daily care of Alvin, this teaches them not only responsibility, but also about trust and nurturing.  The boys understand that Alvin, just like people, needs food, shelter, exercise and love

Dogs help with health – Experts say that children who grow up with pets are less likely to develop common allergies thanks to early exposure to certain bacteria. (Of course, some children are genuinely allergic to animals).  A 2012 study determined that children who lived with dogs were generally healthier during their first year of life, with fewer respiratory problems and less frequent ear infections than kids without canines. Another pro to pets? Brushing, patting, or stroking a furry creature can lower stress levels.

Dogs improve our fitness – Alvin encourages us all to get out and exercise.  I walk him twice when the boys are at school and they walk him after school, but more than that he encourages us to enjoy family outings.

Do you have a pet?


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