KIDS AND PETS

My name is Mimi !
"Woof, Woof, Woof! Ruff, Ruff" ... Dog
"Meow, Meow, Meow"... Cat
"Tweet, Tweet, Tweet " ... Bird
" Hippity, Hop, Hop" ... Rabbit
" Sniff, Sniff, Scratch, Scratch" ... Hamster
" I am not a pig!" ... Guinea Pig

 

 

 

 

Pets are Good for Kids

My name is Coco!

For years, parents have known that pets and children are a good combination. Research shows us that children can benefit from animal companionship.

Children with companion animals are more likely to have higher self-esteem and do better overall in school and in extracurricular activities.

A study of 394 older students revealed that those who had owned dogs or cats as childhood pets were more self-confident than those who did not. Pets are a wonderful stress buster for kids. One study revealed that children who had a dog present during their physical examinations had lower heart rates, reduced blood pressure and less behavioural distress than when the dog was not present.

Pets are wonderful playmates and sympathetic listeners. They also stimulate communication and listening skills in children. A study of 455 school children between the ages of 11 and 16 revealed that children with pets had a better ability to understand non-verbal communications and body language.  (source: "What Pets Can Teach Kids" by Stanley Coren http://www.parentscanada.com/learning/articles.aspx?listingid=215)

ZivaPet ownership is an excellent way to teach children about responsibility and more effective communication. Although pets require a great deal of attention, guidance and care - in return for feeding, grooming and exercising their pets, children obtain companionship and unconditional love. Consider adding a pet to your household.

 

 

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