5 Benefits of Kids Growing Up With a Dog and Our Favorites

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Having a dog can bring endless joy and learning opportunities to your child’s life. Including a furry companion in your child’s daily routine can bring them countless advantages.

Growing up with dogs myself, I know these benefits deeply. I have chosen to have a pup for my baby to grow with as well. They are best friends, and seeing them play and learn together warms my heart daily. My baby’s first sign was “dog,” and his first word (other than “Dada”) was “doggie.” Their relationship is priceless, and I can’t wait to see their adventures together. 

The list of advantages of kids growing up with dogs is endless, but here are our top 5 benefits of growing up with a dog and what dogs are our favorites for children. 


When your child has a dog, they learn to care for another living being. Teaching your child to be gentle with a dog crosses over daily when guiding children in personal communication. Feeding, walking, and showing love to their dog leads them to be kind and considerate. These are all incredible traits that every parent wants for their child. 


Taking care of, and owning a dog, can boost your child’s confidence. If your child helps train your dog, seeing their efforts pay off is hugely rewarding. Dogs build a child’s self-esteem with their endless love. They provide a judgment-free zone for your child to feel confident in. Additionally, what child doesn’t love showing off their dog to their friends or writing about them in school? 


Dogs make excellent friends for kids. They are great listeners, snuggle buddies, and bring comfort. They are always up for playing games or running around with their humans. Dogs will stick around for playtime and quiet moments. Having a dog can help a child feel less lonely and more connected. 


When a child grows up with a dog, they learn to take care of them. They’ll learn about daily routines, like feeding and walking the dog, which can translate to being responsible in other areas of life, too. It’s essential for children to feel structure during the day, and dogs will demand that structure. 

Reduced Anxiety

Studies have shown that children who play with dogs reduce stress and are comforting and calming. Playing with the dog and petting them can reduce your child’s anxiety and bring a sense of peace. The most vulnerable age group for developing depression and other mental health conditions is children and teens. Having a dog, or an Emotional Support Dog, significantly reduces the risk of developing depression. 

Our Favorite Pups for Kids 

Here at Feathers and Fleece, roughly 30% of our dogs go home with families looking for support dogs. Over 20% of those dogs are for teenage children suffering from stress, bullying, and depression. Our pups give kids a healthy outlet and help them understand compassion and comfort. 

Feathers and Fleece Whoodle

Whoodles are hypoallergenic, good smelling, and absolutely lovable. They’ve been nicknamed our “Teddy Bear Dog” for a good reason. Whoodles are a mix of a Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle, making them incredibly intelligent and an excellent choice for a family looking for an emotional support dog. They have moderate energy levels and are especially drawn to children.

Feathers and Fleece Schnoodle 

Schnoodles are a mix of a Schnauzer and a Poodle. Mini Schnoodles are the perfect size for younger children as they only weigh 15-20 lbs. They are easy to train, brilliant, and have a long lifespan. Schnoodles are a ball of furry fun that will keep up with any child’s playtime demands. 

Kids Growing Up with A Dog – Final Thoughts 

Getting a dog for your child is a fantastic decision. They’ll learn essential values like kindness, responsibility, and confidence. They’ll enjoy all of the love and friendship from their furry companions. Our Feathers and Fleece pups make incredible additions to the family. They provide support and compassion and are an excellent outlet for stress relief.