Sooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Please, can I have a puppy?”
Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a pet.
Parents should weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. A pet can teach children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family, or it can be a burden.
Families should consider the following before deciding.
Who will care for the pet? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.
Do you have space for a pet? Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than a Labrador retriever. Check the library or Internet to learn more about different types and breeds of pets to determine the one most suitable for your family.
Owning a pet is time consuming and may be expensive. Family members should realize that they may have to give up other activities to properly care for a pet. If the prospect seems too daunting, parents may suggest waiting until the child is old enough to help care for an animal.
Children between the ages of 8 to 10, are at a reasonable age to learn and understand the responsibility of caring for a pet. The bond they develop with their new puppy, will be for a lifetime.
Wagging Tails Pet Sitters & Mobile Groomers, a 22 year pet care company in CT, recommends the whole family meet the animal before deciding to take it home. Owning a pet is a long-term commitment, so think carefully before adopting a furry new family member.
Make sure everyone is fully on board and in agreement before making this commitment. www.waggingtails.com