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Children and Dogs: Is Your Child Ready For aDog?



boy_and_puppyFor millions of families worldwide, a home is not complete until they have a dog.  While having a dog in the home can provide a companion for life and another family member to love and care for as the years go by, they can also require an immense amount of attention.  Children generally adore having a pet of their own and even though they will need to supervised and cared for, they can also instill many excellent values in your little ones as time goes on.

Who Makes The Decision To GetA Dog?:

Getting a dog in the family is likedeciding to have another child in some ways.  A dog means you will need to be able to pay for its food andshelter as well as take it to the vet's office when needed.  This is why it should be something for allmembers of the family to carefully review.  The adults as well as the little ones and even grandma if sheresides with you need to decide together as a dog means someone else to clean up after and walk and feeddaily.

How To Make The Decision ToAdd A Dog To The Family:

First, you must outline theobvious.  How many children are already in the home and what are their ages?  If you find it a challengejust to get the whole family situated throughout the day as it is, you may want to wait until the little ones areslightly older.  Having a dog is another expense as well, if you are uncertain of the current costs to raise adog then do some research on the web first and estimate what owning one may require in funds.  Also look intowho will mainly be caring for the furry addition to ensure it will be taken seriously.  Some children promisethe world to get their parents to buy a dog, then it arrives and by week two they have quit walking it and feedingit.  Make a schedule of some form that shows who will be available for walking and feeding the animal on aregular basis to review carefully.

Once You Have Made TheDecision To Get A Dog:

Making the final decision togetherwill then require getting a plan for going to get the new dog.  A few weeks prior, you should have adiscussion with your spouse or children regarding which breed of dog you wish to consider owning.  A smallerbreed may be better for those residing in an apartment, while those living on a few acres of open land can easilyraise a much larger canine.

Additional Tips For DecidingTo Get A Dog:

Always get a dog from a reputablebreeder.  Buying through a pet shop can be easy and convenient, but you may not always know what you aregetting for the price.  Some dogs are one solid breed, but most are a mix of two and buying through a breederis one way to ensure you are getting exactly what you wished for.

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