Is a Pet a Good Idea for my Child with ADHD?

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2019

Parenting a child with ADHD can be stressful and exhausting, so the thought of adding a pet that requires care and time.   Your child promises that he or she will take care of the animal, but you are sure that it will fall back on you.    Do you cave?   Can having a pet help a child with ADHD?

Here are some things to consider

Pets can be great companions for kids with ADHD.  Can help kids learn responsibility and empathy.    Pets offer unconditional love to children who are often socially awkward.    Caring for a pet can build time management skills.   Walking and playing with a dog provides exercise.   Pets can help children feel less anxious and stressed.  

Make sure to talk about the positives and negatives of different types of pets with your child before selecting one.    You can’t cuddle all animals.   And some are quite messy.    A small, nervous breed of dog might not be the best choice.    Rescue pets also may not be a good fit because they may have experienced trauma and your child’s lack of impulse control may frighten and cause a rescue animal to react and bite.  

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