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The Power of Dogs
by Kim Hess

How a new dog can help your child get through a divorce?

A dog can play a very important role in the life of a child whose parents are divorcing.  (Dogs are good for adults too) More than being a man's best friend, a dog can be a very good teacher. A dog can teach the child a lot about life particularly on coping strategies in dealing with the issue of divorce.

The Perfect Friend

A dog may have all the qualities a child looks for in a friend: loving, loyal, non-judgmental, and always available not only during playtime but most especially during the times when they feel alone. They can share their thoughts and feelings with their dogs without being judged or scolded.

An Ideal Sibling

A dog can be a brother or a sister, who will never be their rival over anything and will never give them a hard time. They can play all day without fights. Doughty quarrels by siblings can lead to more complicated situations like blaming one another for the split up.

The Dog Therapy

Several research studies that have found that dogs can affect a child physiologically through touch. A simple cuddle when he or she is upset or licking their tears away can already cheer them up.

Child's Development

Dogs play an important role in a child's growth especially in dealing with loss and grief. When letting your child own a dog, you are giving them their first encounter of loss when they are faced with situations like their dog gets sick or dies. Overcoming such situations makes more painful situations like divorce a little easier to bear.

A dog teaches your child the meaning of unconditional love. They are always ready to listen and secrets are safely kept. Moreover, dogs can teach your child to be strong in hard times and they help them grow as a better person.

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