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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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Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods - WWBT NBC12 News
Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods  WWBT NBC12 News

Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it - Bankrate.com
Pets and renter’s insurance: Why you need it  Bankrate.com

Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too - Times Herald-Record
Shelter Tails: Senior pets need love too  Times Herald-Record

Pets of The Week Shelter List - Times Herald-Record
Pets of The Week Shelter List  Times Herald-Record

Facial recognition software to help find lost pets - WCTI12.com
Facial recognition software to help find lost pets  WCTI12.com

Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday - PRNewswire
Innovet Pet Releases Thanksgiving Food Guide For Keeping Pets Safe During The Holiday  PRNewswire

6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets - WYMT News
6 Thanksgiving foods you should keep away from your pets  WYMT News

Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets - Cleveland 19 News
Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets  Cleveland 19 News

Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets - Rutland Herald
Turkey Day trauma: Keeping Thanksgiving safe for your pets  Rutland Herald

Prevent pet suffocation: Potato chip bags can be deadly for pets - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Prevent pet suffocation: Potato chip bags can be deadly for pets  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana for Ailing Household Pets - U.S. News & World Report
Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana for Ailing Household Pets  U.S. News & World Report

Pets of the Week for Nov. 21 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets - WZZM13.com
Kent County Animal Shelter waiving fees on adoptable pets  WZZM13.com

Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care - WKBW-TV
Local organization helps ensure pets aren't euthanized if owner can't afford emergency medical care  WKBW-TV

Holiday travel tips for pets - KFOX El Paso
Holiday travel tips for pets  KFOX El Paso

Keep human food away from pets - WJFW-TV
Keep human food away from pets  WJFW-TV

PCAS using new facial recognition software to find lost pets - WNCT
PCAS using new facial recognition software to find lost pets  WNCT

Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets - KCAU 9
Le Mars student donates pet oxygen masks to help save pets  KCAU 9

Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars - WPLG Local 10
Local 10 investigates new technology to save kids, pets left in hot cars  WPLG Local 10

Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla - Homer News
Pets of the Week: Mikey and Darla  Homer News

NC animal shelter uses facial recognition to find pets - WVLT.TV
NC animal shelter uses facial recognition to find pets  WVLT.TV

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 20, 2019  OregonLive

Local vet recommends CBD products to lower anxiety in pets when traveling - WPEC
Local vet recommends CBD products to lower anxiety in pets when traveling  WPEC

Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand - PRNewswire
Pets Global Launches New Pet Food Line to Meet Customer Demand  PRNewswire

To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets - KRCU
To Your Health: Thankful for the Health Benefits of Pets  KRCU

Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire - Coventry, RI Patch
Three People, Two Pets Escape Coventry House Fire  Coventry, RI Patch

Indianapolis Animal Care: Call before surrendering pets - WISHTV.com
Indianapolis Animal Care: Call before surrendering pets  WISHTV.com

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno - Rockville, MD Patch
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Taz, Popice, Stumps, Bubba, Bruno  Rockville, MD Patch

Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners - USA TODAY
Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire - WPRI.com
Residents, pets escape Coventry house fire  WPRI.com

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ozzy - 47abc  WMDT

Animal Doctor: Ingredients in collars may play a role in pets developing cancer - Tulsa World
Animal Doctor: Ingredients in collars may play a role in pets developing cancer  Tulsa World

Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park - WESH 2 Orlando
Meeting held on prevention tactics after pets attacked by coyotes in College Park  WESH 2 Orlando

Pets of the Week: Meet Matilda, the badly burned pup, and others at BARC Animal Shelter - Chron
Pets of the Week: Meet Matilda, the badly burned pup, and others at BARC Animal Shelter  Chron

Cold weather safety tips for your pets - Local 22/44 News
Cold weather safety tips for your pets  Local 22/44 News

Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Healthcare for Homeless Animals pays for medical care for shelter pets  Thousand Oaks Acorn

KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations - WVLT.TV
KPD Animal Control accepting pet supply donations  WVLT.TV

Popular Thanksgiving foods can be dangerous to pets - WMBB - mypanhandle.com
Popular Thanksgiving foods can be dangerous to pets  WMBB - mypanhandle.com

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR - PlayStation.Blog
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Out Today for PS VR  PlayStation.Blog

Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition - Winchester Herald Chronicle
Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Nov. 21, 2019, edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

The pet industry's shift towards technology - Axios
The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho - Idaho News
Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho  Idaho News

Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Maple the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ - WCJB
Marion County Pets: Colin, Flip and RJ  WCJB

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home - KOB
Adoption center has senior pets looking for a home  KOB

Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering - WBNG-TV
Broome County Humane Society reminding pet owners of importance of spaying and neutering  WBNG-TV

Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago  Chicago Tribune

Pets Miracle Network one of 86 grant recipients - Dodge City Daily Globe
Pets Miracle Network one of 86 grant recipients  Dodge City Daily Globe

Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence - WSFA
Gov. Ivey awards $95K grant to provide shelter for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence  WSFA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Pet of the Week - Lamda - News8000.com - WKBT
Pet of the Week - Lamda  News8000.com - WKBT

Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus - WLTZ 38 NBC
Local Carpet Cleaning Company Helps Out Our Homeless Pets in Columbus  WLTZ 38 NBC

PET SENSE: Spaying, neutering and vaccination donated to 75 pets on shoreline - Shoreline Times
PET SENSE: Spaying, neutering and vaccination donated to 75 pets on shoreline  Shoreline Times

Pet Health: Caring for your Pet’s Health - WFLA
Pet Health: Caring for your Pet’s Health  WFLA

Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park - Block Club Chicago
Edgewater's Pet Mayor, Pax The Goat, Leads Effort To Raise Funds For Local Dog Park  Block Club Chicago

Pet of the Month - Thousand Oaks Acorn
Pet of the Month  Thousand Oaks Acorn

Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 - - WBOC TV 16
Hotel Owners Challenge Ocean City's Pet Policy - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -  WBOC TV 16

Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say - MLive.com
Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/19/2019)  ABC15 Arizona

Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire - KLTV
Several pets dead, home damaged in Longview fire  KLTV

Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets - KRON4
Can my pet eat this? Holiday food tips for your pets  KRON4

Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans - WTVR CBS 6 News
Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized - Los Angeles Times
Family says 4-pound dog squashed by FedEx box; pet is euthanized  Los Angeles Times

Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly - KSHB
Winter prep: Make ice melt that is environmentally, pet friendly  KSHB

Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries - Fox News
Pet store thief throws guinea pig out of fleeing car, but 'Lucky' suffered no injuries  Fox News

Take a Santa photo with your pet - FOX 31 Denver
Take a Santa photo with your pet  FOX 31 Denver

Pet of the Week: Hayden - Lewiston Sun Journal
Pet of the Week: Hayden  Lewiston Sun Journal

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - KOAT Albuquerque
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  KOAT Albuquerque

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science - NBCNews.com
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  NBCNews.com

NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!) - Book Riot
18 Bookish Gifts for Animal Lovers (and Pets!)  Book Riot

3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire - CBS17.com
3 pets rescued, Wake Forest family loses home to fire  CBS17.com

Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans? - WTOP
Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks - KCRG
Dubuque Fire Department receives donation of pet oxygen masks  KCRG

Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy - Forbes
Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Advice on bringing a new pet home - - KUSI
Helen Woodward Animal Center: Advice on bringing a new pet home -  KUSI

Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process - The Ohio State University News
Ohio State program helps pet owners cope during grief process  The Ohio State University News

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Max  RADIO.COM

Fayetteville Animal Services Hosting ‘Home For The Howlidays’ Pet Adoption & Toy Drive - KFSM 5Newsonline
Fayetteville Animal Services Hosting ‘Home For The Howlidays’ Pet Adoption & Toy Drive  KFSM 5Newsonline

Pet of the Week: Barney - KRIS Corpus Christi News
Pet of the Week: Barney  KRIS Corpus Christi News

Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty  WCAX

Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters - KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com
Nicholas Pet Haven in need of holiday fosters  KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com

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

Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday - KSAT San Antonio
Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18 - Mokena, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop - WPTV.com
Puppies rescued from South Florida pet shop  WPTV.com

The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery - Fredericksburg.com
The Adoptables: Pets of the week (11/20/19) | Gallery  Fredericksburg.com

Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential - Refinery29
Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

Are you feeling stressed? Pet your pet - Nevada Appeal
Are you feeling stressed? Pet your pet  Nevada Appeal

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service - Observer
Casper Alums Are Launching a ‘Direct-to-Dog’ Pet Food Subscription Service  Observer

Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa - Patch.com
Bideawee Hosts Holiday Pet Photo Shoot with Santa  Patch.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx - Digiday
Former Casper execs launch DTC pet wellness company Jinx  Digiday

Pets, Pot, Prokaryotes, and Other Recommended Reads - Eos
Pets, Pot, Prokaryotes, and Other Recommended Reads  Eos

21 dogs, 5 cats rescued from feces-filled home in Des Moines - KCCI Des Moines
21 dogs, 5 cats rescued from feces-filled home in Des Moines  KCCI Des Moines

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