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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Preparing Your Children for a New Dog

If you’ve finally caved in and agreed to get a new dog for your family, then you might’ve just made the best or worst decision of your life. Most parents are responsible for the family pet even though the kids promise to take care of it. They don’t quite understand the pressure or responsibility required to take care of a living animal, but here are a couple of tips to help you ease them into the role of a responsible dog owner.
Maximus and EJ
With Max



Relax your child around your pets


One of the biggest concerns that you’ll face when introducing your child to a pet is that your child is going to be frightened, reckless and sometimes even aggressive towards your pet. These sudden jerky movements can often frighten animals that are new to your household, so ensure that you relax your child and teach them to be comfortable with your new pet. Teach them not to be too firm with your dog and take it slow when trying to build a bond.
With Champ
Teach them chores to look after your pet


There are some basic chores that your child can learn when getting them comfortable with your pet. Firstly, teach them to put away pet dishes and refill the food. This is a good place to teach your child how to properly manage feeding because overfeeding can make your pet overweight and underfeeding will leave them malnourished. Teach them how much food to pour, when, and how to properly clean the feeding dishes. It’s also recommended to teach your child how to deal with dog poop and urine. It’s probably one of the smellier and messier parts of dog care, but it’s something that your children need to learn if they want to grow up with their dog and learn to care for them properly.

Cleaning and grooming your dog


Children should be actively involved in the cleaning and grooming of your pet. The first thing you should consider is getting a guide and learn how to groom your dog. If you personally don’t know how to groom your dog, then you need to learn first, practice and then pass the information onto your children. For instance, if it’s a furry dog then make sure the coat is brushed on a regular basis. Clipping toenails is also beneficial to the pet and also your children, and even their teeth need a good clean now and then. Bathing your dog can also be quite a challenge, but it’s important that your children learn how to do it as well.


Don’t just leave it up to your children

Finally, we need to talk about commitment and responsibility. One of the worst things you can do is get a dog then leave it up to your children. As mentioned before, you’re going to be responsible for the dog as the parent and you need to slowly introduce your children to the tasks and responsibilities of a dog owner. This is why you personally need to also show some compassion and care when taking care of your dog. If you aren’t remotely interested in getting a dog, then tell your children you simply don’t have time for it.

19 comments:

Rhodesia said...

Sound advice, wish more people thought this way. Diane

Masshole Mommy said...

This is great advice. There is a lot of work involved when a new pet comes to live with you, so it's best to prepare the kids.

Alli Smith said...

Having a family pet is a big responsibility and the decision should never be made in haste. I always told my kids that having a dog was like having a toddler that never grows up. :)

AiringMyLaundry said...

These are fabulous tips to keep in mind. We tried to do some of them when we got a new cat!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Our children were taught to treat all animals kindly. It's more important to teach the pet to behave appropriately no matter what the situation.

Jeannette said...

These are some great tips! We just got a dog not too long ago and absolutely love it. The teachers are kiddo some responsibility and I like that a lot and

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

This is such a great post, it is such a big thing having a dog in your life.

Kita Bryant said...

Getting both the pet and the child comfortable around each other is the big one. Gotta have that trust and connection there if it's going to work out!

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Kids should be taught before a new pet comes home that there will be a ton of work and they need attention and love in a proper manner.

Our Family World said...

When we decided to get a dog, we had to agree within ourselves that we are all equally responsible for its care and well being. My boys take turns walking the dog, and bathing him. I am responsible for feeding the dog. So far so good.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

It's so important to get kids ready for a new pet. These are some great tips for making the transition smoooth!!

Mimicutelips said...

My daughter keeps asking for a dog. She is only 5 and I know the process would be tricky. I worry that should be afraid of it at first. These tips are helpful.

Lisa said...

These are great tips. We often hear of introducing the dog to kids but never the other way around.

Liz Mays said...

This is something I've always wondered out. We only had pets when my kids were older so it was easy for everyone to pitch in.

Cheryl Lang said...

These are great tips for kids. I think sometimes parents put too much responsibility on kids to care of their pets and raise unrealistic expectations.

Anosa Malanga said...

I remember when I was a kid we cried until mum got us a dog which we did take care of most of the time but these are lovely tips

Debra Hawkins said...

I wish more parents did this and had their children help out with the animals! It is such a good learning experience for them!

Marysa said...

We recently adopted two cats, and it is so important to have rules in place. I have told me daughter not to pick up the cats, and also to be calm around them. I don't want the cays being jumpy around the kids.

Sandy N Vyjay said...

It is really important that the kids mingle with the pet and help in its upkeep. But yes ultimately the responsibility is ours.

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