There are some types of behavior, symptoms and attitudes in children where pets can act like a therapist and help with, correct or even help to overcome them.

Science has proved that pets can contribute to improvement in behavior, improvement in attitude and relieve certain symptoms

Pets make us happier! 

Besides this, they can also make us happier and have great benefits for children. Dieter Krowatschek, child psychologist, found out that it was easier to treat with children with behavioral and attention problems whenever his puppy Fly was with him. Animals are sensitive, loyal, affectionate, attentive, cheerful and even patient. All this positive influence can be seen at home or through targeted therapy.

There are thousands of examples that prove that pets can help out: a labrador retriever can reinforce learning and make concentration easier. Colorful fishes have an impact on attention focus. A Border Collie can make a child confront and overcome his evolutionary fears, such as sleeping alone, the darkness or phantoms. Hamster softness has an important role in order to activate the psychomotor activity of a baby who suffers from brain injury. Playing with an ugly and affectionate puppy can reinforce self esteem. A calm German Shepherd is able to entertain during an endless abdominal pain. And chinchillas will assist whenever you need to control impulsivity.

You are considering adopting a pet, but now the question is: which one? A dog? Maybe a fish? Or rather a cat? In order to choose the pet that will best suit at home, ask yourself what kind of lifestyle you lead. If you have a young family and kids, you should opt for an active dog that likes to play. If you and your partner work a lot, the best option will be a social cat that likes to be in contact with other people. However, if you don’t have too much space, go for a hamster. This way you will assure well-being for both you, your family and your pet.

Dogs help during therapy on children with autism

During targeted therapy, we search for dogs that tend to interact in a positive way with people. For this, Golden Retriever and Labrador are the most common breeds. For autism therapy, they can help the child to redirect the eyes, by catching the attention and helping out the therapist so that he can do his job easier. Pets will also help with releasing oxytocin and endorphins, reducing stress level, lowering blood pressure and dealing with social, emotional and physical problems on children with empathy problems, mental or depressive disorder. All this for rehabilitation, stimulation and learning perspective. We cannot forget that pets must also enjoy these exercises in order to make these types of therapy work. These targeted exercises with animals (specially with dogs) are becoming very important in social centers, schools and hospitals.

Parents can also continue with this kind of therapy, provided that they are guided by specialist. But the best part is that the pet also knows how great living with children is.

Source: El País

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