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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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How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

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Keeping your pets safe in the heat  YourErie

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Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

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Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

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Keep your pets safe in the summer heat  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Runaway pets wind up in shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  WLKY Louisville

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The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July  News3LV

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Veterinarian talks about warning signs for pets in hot weather  WJRT

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Mission Impawsible: Reuniting pets with their families during COVID-19  Yahoo Sports

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Pets of the week: Ziggy and Merlot want to move in with you  MLive.com

Clinton group helping people keep their pets needs assistance - Quad City Times
Clinton group helping people keep their pets needs assistance  Quad City Times

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WHAT ABOUT CORONA VIRUS AND PETS? | Insiders  Tullahoma News and Guardian

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The dangers of leaving pets in hot, parked cars  WSAW

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Robotic pets provide companionship to older residents in Clearfield County  connectradio.fm

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Pets of the Week for July 7, 2020  WKRN News 2

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Pet Advice: Heat stress and your pets  KSNT News

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AVHS' New Home To Home Program Gives Pets a Smoother Transition into a New Home  Auburn Examiner

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Pets are stressed out, too  Jill Lopez

Multiple pets turned in to the Humane Society after the 4th of July weekend - FOX21News.com
Multiple pets turned in to the Humane Society after the 4th of July weekend  FOX21News.com

Hot temperatures can create health risks for pets - News8000.com - WKBT
Hot temperatures can create health risks for pets  News8000.com - WKBT

Heirloom Pet Products launches hemp-based meal toppers for pets - Pet Food Processing
Heirloom Pet Products launches hemp-based meal toppers for pets  Pet Food Processing

Lake Humane Society taking part in Bissell Pet Foundation’s 'Empty the Shelters' - News-Herald.com
Lake Humane Society taking part in Bissell Pet Foundation’s 'Empty the Shelters'  News-Herald.com

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

What you need to do before bringing home a new pet - The Washington Post
What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

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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

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

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US Pet Products and Services are Expected to Reach 100 Billion in Sales for 2020, the Over-the-Counter Pet Meds are a Huge Percentage of Consumer Spending  PRNewswire

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LifeLine Animal Project's Digital Foster Showcase introduces adoptable pets to the public  MDJOnline.com

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

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Multiple pets treated after fire causes heavy damage to northwest Las Vegas home  News3LV

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Dumb Friends League Adoptable Pets Week of: July 6 | YourHub  The Know

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Dog Food Labels Mislead Customers and Contribute to Pet Obesity  Legal Examiner

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

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Hosts Drive-Through Pet Food Bank Tuesday - CBS Miami
Miami-Dade County Animal Services Hosts Drive-Through Pet Food Bank Tuesday  CBS Miami

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

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

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3 residents, pets escape house fire in Hill-N-Park neighborhood  Greeley Tribune

BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring pet adoption fees at Lincoln County shelter during 'Empty the Shelters' - Elk Valley Times
BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring pet adoption fees at Lincoln County shelter during 'Empty the Shelters'  Elk Valley Times

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

Topeka Police warn pet owners about dangers of overheating - KSNT News
Topeka Police warn pet owners about dangers of overheating  KSNT News

KC Pet Project caring for kitten with two faces - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
KC Pet Project caring for kitten with two faces  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Empty the Shelters event to reduce pet adoption fees - WENY-TV
Empty the Shelters event to reduce pet adoption fees  WENY-TV

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COVID-19 crisis renews calls to reduce pet population  Mahoning Matters

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

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

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Adopt A Pet Tuesday: Cisco, Blaze & Milo - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

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Holiday fireworks lead to rise in run away pets  KAKE

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

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Preparing for Pet Anxiety  Turn to 10

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

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Husband’s dogged about not wanting a pet  Sentinel & Enterprise

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Vet answers questions about common pet health issues  Fox 59

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

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Pet of the Week: 7/7/20  WANE

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As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options  Oklahoman.com

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Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale  Buckrail

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

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

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

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

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Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire  WSMV Nashville

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Pet-grooming on wheels: How new Mercer Island groomer's model is faring amid pandemic  Mercer Island Reporter

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

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

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SCARF accepting ominations for Top Pet  sidneydailynews.com

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Equine PET Scanner Making Big Strides at Santa Anita Park  Equi Management

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

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

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

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Tau-PET Tracer PI-2620 Could Set New Standards for an Improved Diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy  GlobeNewswire

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Paws for Health: Protecting Your Pet from Heartworm Disease - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

Pet dogs may improve social-emotional skills in young kids - The Tribune
Pet dogs may improve social-emotional skills in young kids  The Tribune

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Reba the Hen's wild ride: Family's beloved pet chicken escapes in car, returns home  NBC Montana

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A different Chia-PET provides insight into prostate cancer  Medical Xpress

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

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Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Jade  Smithtown, NY Patch

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Latest Hinsdale Adoptable Pet: Evan  Hinsdale, IL Patch

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

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

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New initiative focuses on keeping pets and owners together  CBS News 8

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Meet Evie, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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

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Pets of the Week: 100 Litter  WITN

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Pet Adoption Spotlight: Griffin | Region | northwestgeorgianews.com  Northwest Georgia News

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

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Northport Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Mr. Meow  Northport, NY Patch

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Meet Heathcliff, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  myfox8.com

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Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner  AZFamily

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

Covington family loses home, pet cat in house fire started by fireworks - WMC
Covington family loses home, pet cat in house fire started by fireworks  WMC

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

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

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Pet dog alerts sleeping Harrisburg couple of a fire next-door  KELOLAND.com

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

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Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies!  KGET 17

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Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm  KLKN

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Feasibility of blood testing combined with PET-CT to screen for cancer and guide intervention  Science Magazine

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Pets with Potential: Tequila  WCAX

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