Benefits of Children Growing Up With Pets

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Growing Up With Pets

I remember growing up with pets as a child. It was really one of the best experiences I can remember. My pets taught me so much, including responsibility and so much more. I always knew that my children would also be growing up with pets. There are so many benefits to children having pets from an early age, and I want to make sure my children get each and every one of them.

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Our Dog

We currently have an eight-year-old American Bull Dog mix named Lilly. She is a large, sweet, bundle of energy who just adores playing with the kids. She was in an accident many years ago, and lost her back foot from the ankle down, but it has not slowed her down one bit. Despite her accident, our tripod loves playing and running with my oldest daughter. Lilly is constantly outside with my daughter, playing and protecting her if she were to need it. While she is fun, she also comes with quite a bit of responsibility.

Growing up with pets

Teaching Responsibility

Growing up with pets teaches children responsibility. My daughter is responsible for feeding and watering Lilly. She assists with bath time, and lets Lilly outside when she needs to go potty. Thanks to Lilly, our daughter is learning to care for something other than herself. She is learning that she is the reason the dog eats, drinks, and doesn’t go potty in the house. Teaching children that there are things more important than themselves is a valuable lesson, and pets help them learn it at a young age.



Growing up with pets teaches responsibility

Keeping Kids Active

I really feel that growing up with pets, especially dogs, will keep children active. Willow loves to run around outside with Lilly. They will race around the yard, running until I think they are both going to pass out. I love seeing both of them outside getting exercise instead of sitting in the house watching television. Especially in single children, having a pet gives them a friend to play with, keeping them active and moving.


 Growing up with pets


Kids Always Have A Friend

Pets can provide companionship for single children. My daughter is not a single child, but she is four years older than her brother so for a very long time, Lilly was her only friend to play with. I will find her talking to the dog, trying to dress her up like a princess, burying her in toys, and Lilly just takes it all in stride. They really are best friends, and it is beautiful to see. Now that we have the baby, it is fun to see Lilly start to bond with him as well.


Lilly in toys. Growing up with Kids

Keeping Kids Healthy

I read an interesting study that said children who are growing up with pets actually get sick less often than those who do not.  Children with dogs especially, are less likely to develop allergies, get respiratory infections, or have ear infections. We have had Lilly since she was ten weeks old, much longer than our human children have been alive. They have grown up with her since birth, and honestly, both of my children are rarely ever sick. Maybe it has to do with the constant doggy kisses building their immune systems.


Helping Kids Socialize

Pets are awesome, and another benefit to owning a pet is that they can help kids with their socialization skills. Kids will learn at a young age not to hit or kick the dog, which will help them when they are around other children. For some reason, kids love to talk to their pets. This can help with early language development, as the children are uninhibited and aren’t judged by their pet if they mess up a word or two. Growing up with pets is wonderful for children socially.


Pets Are Part Of The Family

Lilly is a part of our family, plain and simple. She is my first baby before I had babies. Pets provide so many benefits for our children, that it is important that we maintain our dog’s health as well. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can be brutal. I dealt with a flea infestation when we moved into our new house, and believe me it was not fun. Flea and tick prevention is one of the most important thing we can do as owners to protect our pet’s health.


Flea Prevention

We have tried so many different flea preventatives, but we finally found one that works for us. I am terrible at remembering topical medication once a month, so when we got to try out the new Adams™ Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies, I was super excited that it only has to be changed every six months.  It is a great collar that is easily adjustable depending on the size of your dog. Lilly is a large dog, and it fit her great.  The Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies is one of the few products like it on the market today that protects from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

The Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies can be found at your local Wal-Mart. Look for the signature red tin in your pet department. I love that I no longer have to make a special trip to the vet to pick up my flea medicine. I can just grab it when I am already buying other stuff. Oh, and bonus, there are two collars per pack so that pack is going to last an entire year! That is amazing, especially considering the price point of $19.99 – $24.99. Trust me that is much cheaper than anything else I have seen.

With the warm weather rolling in, now is the time to protect your dog from fleas. Here in Florida, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are always a problem. So far, the Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies has been wonderful though and we have not had any issues. Lilly is actually extremely sensitive to fleas. If even one gets on her, she will break out in a rash, so I know this is working because we have had no rashes!


Protect Your Family

The benefits of growing up with pets are endless. There are the ones mentioned above, and so many others. Pets are loving and selfless and can teach children so many important life lessons. These pets are our family, and it is important that we protect them and treat them as such. Treat your dog for fleas and ticks to help them live a long and healthy life bringing joy to you and your family. I really recommend checking out the Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies. It is inexpensive and effective. For a limited time, they are offering this awesome money saving coupon as well. So, go check it out and save some money on a great product to protect your fur baby.

Giveaway Time!

In celebration of the new collar, Adams PetCare is conducting a contest where pet owners can win $1,000 in prizes by submitting their dog’s selfie. Top honors will go to entries that capture the pride a dog feels when pest-free. No purchase necessary. See website for details.

Now I want to hear from YOU? Do you have pets? If so, what do you think the greatest benefits to growing up with pets are?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Adams™ Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies.


  1. robin rue says:

    My parents didn’t get a pet until I was in high school. My dad didn’t want a dog, but we all FINALLY convinced him to get one. It was so fun to have a furry baby in the house.

    • Jessi says:

      They are so fun! I have had Lilly longer than my kids have been alive lol she was my first baby. I’m trying to convince my husband we need another puppy, but so far no luck

  2. Marcie in Mommyland says:

    I never thought about how pets could keep kids active! Neither my husband nor I grew up with pets but we’ve been considering one for our kids. I have a feeling we’ll just let our kids play with other peoples’ pets, but you never know!

  3. Lo says:

    We have a cat that is pretty old and kind of mean. Now that he gets less attention from the adults, he has become nicer and very friendly with our children. I think a dog would teach them more responsibility, however I will wait till they get older and can help more.

  4. Angela Tolsma says:

    I grew up with pets and I couldn’t image a childhood without them. The are so good for keeping the whole family going. I love the picture of Lily with all the stuffed animals!

  5. Kristina says:

    I didn’t have any pets growing up. Nothing but a few fish and a hamster. We have a cat right now and my oldest son has a lizard. They love having the cat.

  6. Terri Steffes says:

    We always had cats and dogs around our house. My dad wouldn’t let us play with the dogs in case we would “ruin” them. My dad hunted for all our meat. The cats would get all our loving!

  7. Robin says:

    My kids have always grown up with dogs and it’s true about getting sick. Each of my children has perfect attendance in school, because they are never sick, now I can say it’s thanks to our furry friends.

  8. daniella says:

    I feel like I would be nothing like who I am today without growing up with having pets. Having a pet at a young age teaches you to care for something other than yourself and teaches you true compassion I think.

  9. Orana says:

    We don’t have dogs of our own cause we travel too much but my son was affected by a tick after petting a dog in a temple. We know hoe important these collars are for keeping both the pets and kids healthy.

  10. karina says:

    Pets make such wonderful friends, don’t they? I can’t wait to add one to our family – my kids have been begging for us to adopt one. I love how much extra activity they add to the home… with having to walk them, and play with them. Any child would benefit from the responsibilities of caring for them… and we’re looking forward to introducing that aspect of learning in our home.

  11. Tereza says:

    I grew up on a farm so can totally relate. I can still remember my very first pony, Suzie, she was the sweetest little horse that let me climb between her legs and lie on her back whilst she was grazing haha I love pets and only managed a couple of years of living on my own before getting 2 cats! x

  12. Brittany says:

    All three of my kids have grown up with dogs and they love it. It’s become normal to them and it makes me feel safer when she plays outside with them too.

  13. Cindy Ingalls says:

    I grew up with dogs, and a few other furry friends. Pets, especially dogs have always been a part of my family and I just love it. They are a great companion for kids of all ages.

  14. Alison says:

    We have an American Bulldog, too! Our Ruger looks a lot like your Lilly. He is a rescue and we’ve only had him since the end of January, so we’re still learning about each other. He is definitely a lover and will lick you until you can’t stand it anymore. Our dogs are our ‘kids’; I don’t know what we’d do without them

  15. Kim says:

    We were so worried about our dog adjusting to having a baby at home, but he’s done so well. Vice versa too! Kids needs pets!

  16. Heather says:

    I grew up with farm animals and my husband grew up with exotic reptiles and smaller animals. Our daughters are both obsessed with animals so we have more than a few pets in our home.

  17. Lara says:

    We do have a pet – a sweet Yorkie! I grew up with dogs so I really identify with the things you note here. Once we get past the transition of my dog getting used to us having a baby (big hurdle), can’t wait to see some of this in action.

  18. Donna says:

    Pets really are the best! I agree with all of these. Especially teaching kids responsibility. We can’t have pets where we live. Luckily we have alot of neighbor pets we get to borrow from time to time.

  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is very true. I think pets are a lovely addition to the family, not to mention that it really helps kids in terms of a lot of things, like being responsible. I grew up with pets as well and it’s always been amazing.

  20. Ritu says:

    Other than some goldfish, and a stick insect, we never had pets growing up.. but now we have Sonu Singh the mighty Punjabi Cat and you are right, the things children learn from having a pet… invaluable!

  21. CourtneyLynne says:

    I grew up with pets! I love pets!! We have two kitties and I’m always telling my daughter that they are her sisters lol.

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