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Friday Pet Club: Walking a dog

When the weather is good or “kinda ok”, we always walk Sandra in the streets of Prievoz, in the neighboroughood of our school. In Spring we also picked up cherries and fiques. Walking a dog can have several positive influences on children, both physical and emotional. Below I am writing some ways in which walking a dog can impact children:

Walking a dog provides a regular source of physical activity for our students. It encourages them to be more active, which is essential for their overall health and well-being.

Walking a dog often involves spending time outdoors, which helps students get fresh air and sunlight. This can contribute to better physical health and may help reduce the risk of conditions like obesity.

Taking care of a dog requires a routine, including daily walks. This routine can instill a sense of responsibility and discipline in children as they learn to prioritize the needs of their pets.

Caring for a dog teaches our children about time management and the importance of fulfilling commitments, such as feeding and walking the dog.

Dogs provide companionship and unconditional love. The bond between a child and their dog can contribute to the child’s emotional well-being, fostering a sense of security and comfort.

 

Taking care of a living being like a dog helps students develop empathy. They learn to understand and respond to the needs and feelings of their pets, promoting emotional intelligence.

Walking a dog often involves meeting other dog owners in the neighborhood.  This can lead to social interactions and the development of social skills as children learn to communicate with others in the community. Dogs can be a great conversation starter. Children walking their dogs may find it easier to strike up conversations with peers and adults, helping improve their social confidence.

Interacting with a dog, whether through play or walking, has been shown to have a calming effect on individuals. This can be particularly beneficial for children dealing with stress or anxiety.

Walking a dog encourages outdoor exploration. Students may develop an appreciation for nature and the environment as they spend time outdoors with their pets.

 

 

 

 

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