Choosing to get your child a pet is a big decision. Have you got enough time? Is your child responsible enough? These are just some of the questions many parents ask themselves when considering if a pet is a good idea.
Then you see the look on your child’s face every time a puppy is near and it becomes a no-brainer- you are getting a pet. So, if you have recently made that decision, here are a few tips on making it work:
Whether you have the discussion before the pet arrives or after, it is important to talk to your children about their new responsibilities. Talk about how to handle your new pet and how to develop trust. Talk about who will feed the pet at each meal time.
If you are bringing home a dog, walks can be a new family activity. The more your children understand what your new pet needs and what they can expect, the better it will be for everyone.
Pet Proof Your Home
Pets make themselves at home quickly so it is vital that you pet proof your home before your new pet arrives. If you do not want your pet upstairs, you may need to install a stair gate. Screen installation is an ideal option for keeping pets in certain areas of the home.
No matter what kind of pet you have, there are two things you need to start training straight away — where he goes to the toilet and where he sleeps. Once your pet is confident in these things, you will have fewer accidents around the house.
Bonding with pets is important. A strong and trusting bond between child and pet is healthy. In fact, many experts say that a healthy bond with a pet can help young children meet developmental milestones quicker. Children should always be supervised when playing with a pet.
In addition, playtime can also be a distraction for children. You may find your child wants to play with your pet instead of completing homework or doing chores. Make sure your child knows that homework and chores come first and play comes after.
Find A Vet
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is find a good vet. Even if your pet is healthy his whole life, you will still need to visit your vet regularly for check-ups and vaccinations. It is good for your children to accompany you on vet visits.
Not only will it be a comfort to your pet but it also gives your child a valuable experience too. It is a great way to learn what a vet does and what to expect in a veterinary office. You may even have a budding young vet on your hands.
Getting Your Child A Pet
Most parents give in to the constant asking for a pet eventually. The good news is, as long as you are prepared, a pet can be a wonderful addition to the family and help to teach children life lessons that can otherwise take much longer to pick up. Enjoy your new pet!