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How to Choose a Dog for Children


Since having a dog is such a common thing, do you really need to know anything more than how much it costs?

Well, how did you choose your car, or your home? Did you consider the cost, safety and suitability for your family? Of course you did. If you heard stories of a particular car that was susceptible to causing accidents or that a neighborhood was known for its rough occupants you would find something that was safer.

If the car or home was too expensive to maintain, it would impact your decision, as would the size of the vehicle or how many bedrooms the house had.

However, many people bring home a dog that they have spent no more time in choosing than selecting oranges at the grocery store. Although we hear stories of dogs attacking children and perhaps know of people who got rid of dogs after they grew too large for the apartment or destroyed property, as a group, parents still choose to bring dogs into their families with little instruction or research.

The truth is, most families with a dog will never deal with the terrible situations we hear about on the news. Dogs love people. Most dogs love children. Children and adults love dogs and it is very doubtful that after thousands of years the connection between canine and humankind will be broken.

What does need to be considered is how to make the best possible environment for your children and dog so that you don't need to worry about unexpected tragedy or the sad disappointment of giving your children's pet away.

There are many experts with various views, but several points can be generally agreed upon when choosing a dog for your family.

Find a dog that is good with children.

Don't all dogs love children? The answer is simple - NO. Some breeds, and even individuals within a breed, are more or less tolerant of children and the rough handling that usually ensues. Selecting a breed that enjoys the rambunctious atmosphere of a family home will go far in ensuring that the children have a willing playmate and the dog is happy.

Choose a dog that is the right size or energy level.

Do you live in an apartment? Do you have a large, fenced yard? Considering the size of home or yard you have should influence your choice of dog. Some breeds are naturally larger than others. Some smaller breeds (like Jack Russell Terriers) are small but have an enormous amount of energy that can be difficult to control in a small home.

Decide on a trained or untrained dog.

Perhaps you plan to train the dog yourself. You may choose a puppy so the children participate in the training process. But how much do you know about training dogs? Are you ready for the hassles of housebreaking and obedience training? Perhaps selecting an older, trained dog might suit your family better.

The decisions you make before bringing your dog home and selecting the best dog breed for children will help your family enjoy their new pet for a very long time.

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


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Pets, allergies and safe spaces when needed most  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

How to de-stress pets if you’re returning to work - WAVE 3
How to de-stress pets if you’re returning to work  WAVE 3

Keeping Pets Safe at Home - NBC New York
Keeping Pets Safe at Home  NBC New York

Pets of the week: An exotic looking cat and a cuddly terrier mix - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: An exotic looking cat and a cuddly terrier mix  Duluth News Tribune

It's costing more for troops moving pets overseas. Here's some help - Military Times
It's costing more for troops moving pets overseas. Here's some help  Military Times

Pets adopted during pandemic are being surrendered at Seminole shelter as people head back to work - FOX 13 Tampa Bay
Pets adopted during pandemic are being surrendered at Seminole shelter as people head back to work  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Somerset, Cambria animal shelters hope potential return to normalcy doesn't harm pets - Daily American Online
Somerset, Cambria animal shelters hope potential return to normalcy doesn't harm pets  Daily American Online

South Shore animal shelters step up to stop wave of abandoned 'pandemic pets' - The Patriot Ledger
South Shore animal shelters step up to stop wave of abandoned 'pandemic pets'  The Patriot Ledger

Remembering pets forever: Florida company creates custom-made stuffed animals of family pets - FOX 35 Orlando
Remembering pets forever: Florida company creates custom-made stuffed animals of family pets  FOX 35 Orlando

Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets. - The Wall Street Journal
Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets.  The Wall Street Journal

Rabid Fox Confirmed in Lancaster County; Two Pets Exposed - SCDHEC
Rabid Fox Confirmed in Lancaster County; Two Pets Exposed  SCDHEC

Feel Good Friday: Pets. - The B-Town (Burien) Blog - The B-Town Blog
Feel Good Friday: Pets. - The B-Town (Burien) Blog  The B-Town Blog

The One Homemade Treat Everyone Is Trying for Their Pets | Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not That
The One Homemade Treat Everyone Is Trying for Their Pets | Eat This Not That  Eat This, Not That

Easing Your Pet Out of the Work-From-Home Routine - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Easing Your Pet Out of the Work-From-Home Routine  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pets: Meet Scully the skittish sweetheart - Sun Community News
Pets: Meet Scully the skittish sweetheart  Sun Community News

Weis accepting Paws for Pets donations – Times News Online - tnonline.com
Weis accepting Paws for Pets donations – Times News Online  tnonline.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode - Forbes
Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode  Forbes

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Paw Prints: Good care will help an aging pet live longer - Terre Haute Tribune Star
Paw Prints: Good care will help an aging pet live longer  Terre Haute Tribune Star

Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom - Tampa Bay Times
Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom  Tampa Bay Times

El Paso sees a shortage of veterinarians with more pets needing service - KTSM 9 News
El Paso sees a shortage of veterinarians with more pets needing service  KTSM 9 News

In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash - The New York Times
In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash  The New York Times

Police: Hundreds of cockroaches, pets found in dirty Florida home - FOX 35 Orlando
Police: Hundreds of cockroaches, pets found in dirty Florida home  FOX 35 Orlando

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Should your pet take CBD? California veterinarians could recommend marijuana under proposed law - Sacramento Bee
Should your pet take CBD? California veterinarians could recommend marijuana under proposed law  Sacramento Bee

What emerging 17-year cicadas mean for your trees and pets - WSBT-TV
What emerging 17-year cicadas mean for your trees and pets  WSBT-TV

Bay Area shelters react to pandemic pet returns - KRON4
Bay Area shelters react to pandemic pet returns  KRON4

General Mills buying Tyson Foods pet-treats business for $1.2 billion - Minneapolis Star Tribune
General Mills buying Tyson Foods pet-treats business for $1.2 billion  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The shocking amount of money people spend on their pets annually - Quad-Cities Online
The shocking amount of money people spend on their pets annually  Quad-Cities Online

Over 65 Percent of Pet Owners Would Dump a Partner Their Cat or Dog Didn't Like, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 65 Percent of Pet Owners Would Dump a Partner Their Cat or Dog Didn't Like, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic - WebMD
Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic  WebMD

People are returning pets adopted during pandemic, Maricopa County animal control officials say - 12news.com KPNX
People are returning pets adopted during pandemic, Maricopa County animal control officials say  12news.com KPNX

‘He grabbed the lead and said: give me the dog’: can pet detectives stop the rise in animal theft? - The Guardian
‘He grabbed the lead and said: give me the dog’: can pet detectives stop the rise in animal theft?  The Guardian

Purrch, the World's First Pet-First Social Media App, Leans into Booming Pet Space - PRNewswire
Purrch, the World's First Pet-First Social Media App, Leans into Booming Pet Space  PRNewswire

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

Global Pet Supplement Market (2021 to 2027) - by Pet, Application, Source and Distribution Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire
Global Pet Supplement Market (2021 to 2027) - by Pet, Application, Source and Distribution Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

'Animals who aren't perfect make wonderful pets:' Palm Beach County couple adopt dogs with disabilities - WPTV.com
'Animals who aren't perfect make wonderful pets:' Palm Beach County couple adopt dogs with disabilities  WPTV.com

As Warm Weather Approaches, Residents Warned About Pets Inside Hot Cars - KTVN
As Warm Weather Approaches, Residents Warned About Pets Inside Hot Cars  KTVN

Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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

Raccoon River Pet Rescue Donations Start Today - raccoonvalleyradio.com
Raccoon River Pet Rescue Donations Start Today  raccoonvalleyradio.com

Vets Are Facing Burnout Amid Pandemic Pet Adoption Boom - NPR
Vets Are Facing Burnout Amid Pandemic Pet Adoption Boom  NPR

They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them. - Seattle Times
They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.  Seattle Times

Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet - PRNewswire
Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet  PRNewswire

People let their pets decide who they date, new survey suggests - Fox News
People let their pets decide who they date, new survey suggests  Fox News

Potter League CEO disputes claim of national increase in 'pandemic pet' surrenders - newportri.com
Potter League CEO disputes claim of national increase in 'pandemic pet' surrenders  newportri.com

What to know before owning an exotic pet - WXOW.com
What to know before owning an exotic pet  WXOW.com

Newtown Realtors Expand Annual Pet Food Drive - The Newtown Bee
Newtown Realtors Expand Annual Pet Food Drive  The Newtown Bee

More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic - KTLA
More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic  KTLA

The 7 Hardest-Working Air Purifiers for Homes With Pets - Dwell
The 7 Hardest-Working Air Purifiers for Homes With Pets  Dwell

PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News - North Carolina Health News
PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News  North Carolina Health News

How Central Texas animal shelters are shrinking pandemic pet returns - KXAN.com
How Central Texas animal shelters are shrinking pandemic pet returns  KXAN.com

Fundraiser to shed light on unnoticed shelter pets - Lewiston Sun Journal
Fundraiser to shed light on unnoticed shelter pets  Lewiston Sun Journal

Pet surrenders spike as end of eviction moratoriums loom, Austin shelters say - Austin American-Statesman
Pet surrenders spike as end of eviction moratoriums loom, Austin shelters say  Austin American-Statesman

COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out - The Associated Press
COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out  The Associated Press

Help find a home for these adorable, adoptable pets: May 15-16 - SILive.com
Help find a home for these adorable, adoptable pets: May 15-16  SILive.com

Pet Pals TV: Rescuing kittens - WISHTV.com
Pet Pals TV: Rescuing kittens  WISHTV.com

Local pet supply Store Two Bostons to host grand opening May 22 - Chicago Daily Herald
Local pet supply Store Two Bostons to host grand opening May 22  Chicago Daily Herald

Pet store worker uses TikTok in an effort to remove stigma - Spectrum News NY1
Pet store worker uses TikTok in an effort to remove stigma  Spectrum News NY1

Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area  The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Covid puppies’ and stressed cats: why your pet might need a mini-break - The Irish Times
‘Covid puppies’ and stressed cats: why your pet might need a mini-break  The Irish Times

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report - Fox News
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  Fox News

8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021 - NBC News
8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021  NBC News

Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues - WRGB
Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

Get your pet to stop begging for food - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Get your pet to stop begging for food  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Need help with pet food during the pandemic? Valley animal advocates can assist you - Mahoning Matters
Need help with pet food during the pandemic? Valley animal advocates can assist you  Mahoning Matters

Amazon Reviewers Love This Ottoman That Secretly Doubles as a Hideaway for Cats - PEOPLE.com
Amazon Reviewers Love This Ottoman That Secretly Doubles as a Hideaway for Cats  PEOPLE.com

Critter Corner: Keep your pets safe from your stash - Inside NoVA
Critter Corner: Keep your pets safe from your stash  Inside NoVA

How to Remove a Tick Head that Breaks Off from Its Body? - Healthline
How to Remove a Tick Head that Breaks Off from Its Body?  Healthline

As poverty bites, Lebanese give up their pets - Yahoo News
As poverty bites, Lebanese give up their pets  Yahoo News

Former pet groomer pleads guilty to animal abuse, receives probation - KOMU 8
Former pet groomer pleads guilty to animal abuse, receives probation  KOMU 8

Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: Now Fido can open your sliding door - TechHive
Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: Now Fido can open your sliding door  TechHive

Got pets? This best-selling mop/vacuum combo ‘does not leave ANY hair behind’—and it’s on sale - Yahoo Lifestyle
Got pets? This best-selling mop/vacuum combo ‘does not leave ANY hair behind’—and it’s on sale  Yahoo Lifestyle

Ask the Vet: Keeping pets safe in the sun - KTLA
Ask the Vet: Keeping pets safe in the sun  KTLA

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Gulf Coast Tiny Paws Rescue pet of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Pet of the Week: Zeke is a friendly cat looking for a new family - Taunton Daily Gazette
Pet of the Week: Zeke is a friendly cat looking for a new family  Taunton Daily Gazette

Things pet owners should keep in mind to help our environment - Columbus Telegram
Things pet owners should keep in mind to help our environment  Columbus Telegram

“Dogtors” return to provide pet therapy at Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center - LA Daily News
“Dogtors” return to provide pet therapy at Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center  LA Daily News

Dog BFFs Get Their Parents To Start Dating | The Dodo - The Courier-Express
Dog BFFs Get Their Parents To Start Dating | The Dodo  The Courier-Express

Pets of the Week: Max and Ruby - East Bay Times
Pets of the Week: Max and Ruby  East Bay Times

Shelters prepare for potential influx of pet drop-offs this summer - FOX 7 Austin
Shelters prepare for potential influx of pet drop-offs this summer  FOX 7 Austin

Pet Shop Boys Did Not Perform With Elton John and Years & Years at BRIT Awards as Planned: What Happened, Actually? - Variety
Pet Shop Boys Did Not Perform With Elton John and Years & Years at BRIT Awards as Planned: What Happened, Actually?  Variety

Celebrity Pets You Might Not Know That Will Calm Your Anxiety - Pajiba Entertainment News
Celebrity Pets You Might Not Know That Will Calm Your Anxiety  Pajiba Entertainment News

Large Dog Pulls Owner to the Ground in Order to Fight Pet Pooch in Viral Video - Newsweek
Large Dog Pulls Owner to the Ground in Order to Fight Pet Pooch in Viral Video  Newsweek

Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for May 15, 2021 - Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Humane Society pet of the week for May 15, 2021  Longmont Times-Call

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake  13newsnow.com WVEC

Second Chance opens online auction to help pets in need - WWLP.com
Second Chance opens online auction to help pets in need  WWLP.com

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing - WLNS
Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram! - POPSUGAR
Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

Many Pandemic Pets In Colorado Need Fur-ever Homes… Again - CBS Denver
Many Pandemic Pets In Colorado Need Fur-ever Homes… Again  CBS Denver

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

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