Studies have shown that owning a pet comes with health benefits for both kids and adults at home. Caring for pets helps reduce stress and anxiety, provides companionship, boosts immunity for allergies (though I’m still too afraid to risk…having an asthmatic kid), and gives a regular dose of physical activity through play.
One of the most popular, and probably the best, pet that you can have for the family is a dog. These four legged furry pals are intelligent, loyal, and playful. All these come with a unique personality which makes it easy for people to adore them. Allowing kids to have their own pet dog is a major responsibility for the child and the parents as well. Family members should be prepared to help the children in taking care of their pets and give pointers on growing up with a pet dog.
People like me, who grew up with dogs appreciate the benefits and responsibilities involved in caring for a pet. Talking to kids about do’s and don’ts of pet ownership is just like reminiscing childhood days. On the other hand those who have no or little experience in handling pets may find themselves in a fix when their children asks for a pet dog. Here are some points that you should consider before giving in to your children’s request for a pet.
1. Family Readiness. Bringing a dog or a puppy home is like taking in another child in your household. You should be ready to spend time and effort to ensure that the pet gets enough care and attention it needs. Talk to your children about the responsibilities involved so they can have an idea on what they are committing to. Ultimately, it is still the parent who takes full responsibility for pet ownership.
2. Space Availability. Physically active pets like dogs require some space that they can move around in including a separate area where they can eat, sleep and do their thing. Some people toilet-train their dogs so they can keep them indoors without worrying about the mess. Pet owners who don’t have much room in their home can take their dogs for a walk around the block or a run in the park on a regular basis. This way their pets won’t get restless and cranky.
3. Health Care Provisions. Proper care and grooming should be provided for pet dogs to ensure that they do not become infected with bugs or parasites that may also affect the health of the people around them. Aside from proper hygiene, dogs should also be taken to the vet for regular check-up and shots.
Once the whole family agrees on committing to these responsibilities, then theycan start selecting a pet dog that is appropriate for the children’s’ ages and taste.
All that said and done, we truly love dogs, how about you?