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Is YOUR Child Ready for a Dog?


Are you considering buying a dog for your child or children?

Before you do, take a moment to evaluate your family and determine if your children are ready for a dog. Here are some questions you might use to help you decide if buying a dog is right for your family.

Babies and Toddlers

Is this your first dog? Do you have older children as well? Why are you getting a dog now?

These three questions will help you to consider whether you have the knowledge concerning the time and effort required to care for a dog. Dogs are a big responsibility and if you have not been solely responsible for a dog previously you may find the work and time involved in training, feeding, grooming and playing to be more than you can handle while caring for a young baby or toddler.

Your young children may benefit from having a dog from a young age. They will certainly develop very strong attachments to the family pet. But young children are not very trustworthy to be left alone around a dog and they are not aware enough to desire a pet. Not only will they do just as well without a dog, but the extra caution needed while young children are present may cause you more stress and frustration than waiting until they are older.

If you are deciding to get a dog because you feel it is a normal part of family life and you want to 'complete' the package while your child is young, do not rush into purchasing a dog right away. For the various reasons above, a dog should be considered a major decision and waiting one year or more may be best for your situation.

If the dog is to be a companion to a mom who will now be home alone with her child for long periods of time, maybe an older dog will provide the needed company while avoiding the extra work of training a puppy.

Preschoolers and Young Children

If your family is established and you are not expecting to add a baby into the mix, you still need to consider a few things before getting a dog.

Are you aware of the time required? Can you afford a dog? Will your children be safe?

The work of training (especially house training) and caring for a puppy can easily take several hours of your day. Depending on your method of obedience and house training you should consider if you have the energy to deal with a puppy consistently and with urgency while implementing house rules at this crucial stage.

Young children and preschoolers may find it exciting to help you feed, wash and walk the dog. However, children this young are still likely to startle or maul a puppy which may lead to accidental injuries - harming both the puppy and the child.

The cost of owning a dog must also be considered. Vet fees, adoption or purchase costs, licensing, food and grooming should be accounted for before going to pick the dog out. Doing your homework now will avoid unpleasant disappointment in the future.

If you feel that your life is free enough of distractions that you will look forward to the temporary unsettling of bringing a puppy home, you may well find this a wonderful, curious age that will be delighted with a puppy. You will need diligence in watching both the puppy and children until training has been established. You will also need to give your children reminders about how they must treat the puppy to prevent accidents.

Older Children and Teens

Some families choose to wait until children are older before bringing a dog home. In many cases they feel this will be an aid in teaching their children responsibility. But what questions should parents of older children ask before getting a dog?

Who is responsible for the dog? How long will the dog be with you?

In all cases the parents must ultimately accept the responsibility of caring for the dog, both financially and physically. Although your pre-teen may insist on his or her desire to take full responsibility for walking, feeding and playing with the dog, you as a parent must be willing to take this on if your child fails to keep to his or her word.

It is a big responsibility to take on a pet like a dog. They are far more demanding on your attention than cats or other pets. They are social animals and you will be doing great harm if you leave your dog tied up outside for days at a time, ignored and unhappy.

If you still choose to get a dog as a family pet you should consider the future care of the dog. A dog generally has a life span of 10 - 15 years, depending on the breed. If you are getting a dog as a companion for an older child or a teenager who will ultimately care for the dog during the years to come when your child leaves home, goes to college or gets married?

While all of these questions should assist you in determining if your family should get a dog right now, it is also wise to find out more about the kind of dog that would best suit your family. All the work you do beforehand will help you make a choice that everyone will be able to enjoy!

Shannon Emmanuel is a freelancer writer and the author of "How to Select the Best Dog or Puppy for Your Children". Find out more about choosing a family dog at http://best-dog-breed-for-children.com


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Pets of the Week: July 6 - The Herald-News
Pets of the Week: July 6  The Herald-News

1000 pets in need to receive free care - VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
1000 pets in need to receive free care  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines - Yahoo Finance
4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines  Yahoo Finance

Elmbrook Humane Society launches ‘Connecting from the Couch’ pet behavior support program - WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee
Elmbrook Humane Society launches ‘Connecting from the Couch’ pet behavior support program  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend - KOLN
Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend  KOLN

This Dog Water Bottle Has a Hidden Feature That Makes It Easy to Keep Pets Hydrated on Long Walks - PEOPLE
This Dog Water Bottle Has a Hidden Feature That Makes It Easy to Keep Pets Hydrated on Long Walks  PEOPLE

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - NJ.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  NJ.com

Pets of the Week | Pets - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

East Bay pets of the week for July 10 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for July 10  East Bay Times

Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend - KPTV.com
Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend  KPTV.com

Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks - KABC-TV
Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

Reuniting with your pets after fireworks | News | wsmv.com - WSMV Nashville
Reuniting with your pets after fireworks | News | wsmv.com  WSMV Nashville

Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates. - Slate
Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates.  Slate

Pets are stressed out, too - Jill Lopez
Pets are stressed out, too  Jill Lopez

Pets Killed In Pinedale, Sheriff’s Office Investigating - Cowboy State Daily
Pets Killed In Pinedale, Sheriff’s Office Investigating  Cowboy State Daily

Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3 - News Anyway
Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3  News Anyway

Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat - FOX 21 Online
Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat  FOX 21 Online

Experts: More pets lost on July 4th - PAHomePage.com
Experts: More pets lost on July 4th  PAHomePage.com

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020  Summit Daily News

PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 4, 2020: MEET WEBBER - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 4, 2020: MEET WEBBER  wvua23.com

Protecting new pets from COVID-19 as concerns rise across the country - Fox 28
Protecting new pets from COVID-19 as concerns rise across the country  Fox 28

Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies - KMBC Kansas City
Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies  KMBC Kansas City

Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat!  KCAU 9

Animal Crossing: New Horizons new sea creatures make the best pets - Polygon
Animal Crossing: New Horizons new sea creatures make the best pets  Polygon

RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News - Greensburg Daily News
RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News  Greensburg Daily News

Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, July 8, 2020 edition - The Polk Fish Wrap
Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, July 8, 2020 edition  The Polk Fish Wrap

Looking For Your Pet After July 4th Holiday? Check Out Finding Rover - CBS Denver
Looking For Your Pet After July 4th Holiday? Check Out Finding Rover  CBS Denver

NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets - New Jersey Herald
NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets  New Jersey Herald

Our cute pets column has a name | Creature Comforts - GamesIndustry.biz
Our cute pets column has a name | Creature Comforts  GamesIndustry.biz

Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners - CBS Denver
Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners  CBS Denver

Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat - erienewsnow.com
Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat  erienewsnow.com

Local shelters extra busy with lost pets after 4th of July | KMVU Fox 26 Medford - KMVU Fox 26 Medford
Local shelters extra busy with lost pets after 4th of July | KMVU Fox 26 Medford  KMVU Fox 26 Medford

How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd - Lifehacker
How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd  Lifehacker

Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do - NBC San Diego
Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do  NBC San Diego

Pets At Home Commits to Next Gen Customer Engagement with Aptos ONE and the Cloud - Retail Dive
Pets At Home Commits to Next Gen Customer Engagement with Aptos ONE and the Cloud  Retail Dive

Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative - TippNews DAILY
Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative  TippNews DAILY

Surprise! Pets get people through hard times - PetfoodIndustry.com
Surprise! Pets get people through hard times  PetfoodIndustry.com

Waco Volunteer Fire/Rescue receives pet oxygen mask donation - Richmond Register
Waco Volunteer Fire/Rescue receives pet oxygen mask donation  Richmond Register

Aldermen OK Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders - WTTW News
Aldermen OK Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders  WTTW News

'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19 - AZCentral
'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

MWI Animal Health Announces New Offerings to Alleviate Financial Burdens of Pet Care - Odessa American
MWI Animal Health Announces New Offerings to Alleviate Financial Burdens of Pet Care  Odessa American

Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks - FOX 31 Denver
Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks  FOX 31 Denver

Two Las Vegas animal shelters to participate in national pet adoption event - KLAS - 8 News Now
Two Las Vegas animal shelters to participate in national pet adoption event  KLAS - 8 News Now

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Georgia - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Georgia  KCBD

Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children - Medical Xpress
Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children  Medical Xpress

Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - 69News WFMZ-TV
Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue  69News WFMZ-TV

Get low cost pet vaccines at Gwinnett event this weekend - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Get low cost pet vaccines at Gwinnett event this weekend  Atlanta Journal Constitution

How to de-stress your pets for 4th of July fireworks - WABC-TV
How to de-stress your pets for 4th of July fireworks  WABC-TV

Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale - Buckrail
Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale  Buckrail

Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight  KBTX

High temperatures are felt by your pets as well - WHIZ
High temperatures are felt by your pets as well  WHIZ

Coronavirus notebook: Ohio extends jobless benefits; Krohn to reopen; adopt a pet - Cincinnati Business Courier
Coronavirus notebook: Ohio extends jobless benefits; Krohn to reopen; adopt a pet  Cincinnati Business Courier

CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Comfort Your Pet During Thunderstorms, Fireworks - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Comfort Your Pet During Thunderstorms, Fireworks  CBS Philly

Puppy Luv: Helping Homeless Pets Off the Streets and Into Loving Homes - citysuntimes
Puppy Luv: Helping Homeless Pets Off the Streets and Into Loving Homes  citysuntimes

A timely reminder that pets shouldn't be left in hot vehicles - BarrieToday
A timely reminder that pets shouldn't be left in hot vehicles  BarrieToday

Pet hospitals find ‘alarming’ increase in parvovirus cases amid COVID-19 pandemic - ABC 4
Pet hospitals find ‘alarming’ increase in parvovirus cases amid COVID-19 pandemic  ABC 4

Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks - KBJR 6
Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks  KBJR 6

Country Dayz Pet Resort sets 'Yappy Hour' - Wilmington News Journal, OH
Country Dayz Pet Resort sets 'Yappy Hour'  Wilmington News Journal, OH

Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home  Duluth News Tribune

Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral
Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

Law enforcement seek public help investigating string of pet shootings in Pinedale - Oil City News
Law enforcement seek public help investigating string of pet shootings in Pinedale  Oil City News

As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk - Carolinacoastonline
As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips - Clarksville Now
Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

COVID Renews Calls to Bring Down Pet Population - Cleveland Scene
COVID Renews Calls to Bring Down Pet Population  Cleveland Scene

Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie - Tallahassee Democrat
Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie  Tallahassee Democrat

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

Pets of the week: Clark and JoJo need new homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Clark and JoJo need new homes  MLive.com

Fort Leonard Wood service member, spouse win $250 in AAFES pet photo contest - Myguidon
Fort Leonard Wood service member, spouse win $250 in AAFES pet photo contest  Myguidon

Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges Pet Owners To Avoid Leaving Animals In Cars Amid Soaring Temperatures - CBS Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges Pet Owners To Avoid Leaving Animals In Cars Amid Soaring Temperatures  CBS Pittsburgh

34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses - BuzzFeed
34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses  BuzzFeed

Cove pet vaccination clinic hits record high - Coveleaderpress
Cove pet vaccination clinic hits record high  Coveleaderpress

FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video - CNN
FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video  CNN

Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire - WSMV Nashville
Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire  WSMV Nashville

Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead - NJ.com
Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead  NJ.com

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

A surge in animal adoptions, tips to help pets cope with separation, more. Read the full edition of Gambit here. - NOLA.com
A surge in animal adoptions, tips to help pets cope with separation, more. Read the full edition of Gambit here.  NOLA.com

Pet of the week: Cy - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Cy  Billings Gazette

My Pet Pal: Sperry - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
My Pet Pal: Sperry - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Chubbs - ThurstonTalk
Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Chubbs  ThurstonTalk

Pet of the week: Tippy - Middletown Press
Pet of the week: Tippy  Middletown Press

Veterinarians want you to pay close attention to your pets with "unpredictable" fireworks - 10TV
Veterinarians want you to pay close attention to your pets with "unpredictable" fireworks  10TV

Open Farm Joins Loop to Sell Reusable Pet Food Packaging - waste360
Open Farm Joins Loop to Sell Reusable Pet Food Packaging  waste360

Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper - The Bethel Citizen
Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper  The Bethel Citizen

Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Austin and Kat Expands Partnership with Pet Food Experts - PetProductNews.com
Austin and Kat Expands Partnership with Pet Food Experts  PetProductNews.com

Pet of the Week: Look at little Leo! - WKRG News 5
Pet of the Week: Look at little Leo!  WKRG News 5

Pet of the Week likes making new friends - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pet of the Week likes making new friends  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pets of the Week: 100 Litter - WITN
Pets of the Week: 100 Litter  WITN

Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition - Fox11online.com
Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition  Fox11online.com

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

THESE are the homemade wet foods you can feed to your pet dogs and cats - PINKVILLA
THESE are the homemade wet foods you can feed to your pet dogs and cats  PINKVILLA

Pet of the Week | Local News - Gloucester Daily Times
Pet of the Week | Local News  Gloucester Daily Times

Summer Pet Safety: Tips from 'The Street Vet' - CBS News 8
Summer Pet Safety: Tips from 'The Street Vet'  CBS News 8

What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider - Business Insider
What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider  Business Insider

How to create a pet-friendly landscape in your home - The Star Online
How to create a pet-friendly landscape in your home  The Star Online

2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire - WANE
2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire  WANE

Community Rallies For Kennel Owners Who Lost Jersey Shore Home, Pets To Lightning Strike Blaze - Rutherford Daily Voice
Community Rallies For Kennel Owners Who Lost Jersey Shore Home, Pets To Lightning Strike Blaze  Rutherford Daily Voice

Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown - Fox News
Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown  Fox News

4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry - Entrepreneur
4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry  Entrepreneur

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