Deciding if it is smart or not to get a child a dog can be a tough call for some parents.
On the one hand, a dog can be security, be a good tool to teach responsibility and give a child all the love they can handle.
On the flip side, a dog means having to be home much of the time. It also can mean potential big bills with care and one day heartbreak having to say goodbye.
That said many parents do in fact opt to get their kids a dog.
So, is it time you brought a furry four-legged friend into your home?
Be Smart and Plan Things Out
Going out and getting a dog on a whim is more times than not going to turn out to be a wise decision.
With that in mind, you are best off to plan things out.
First, research the different dogs out there to see what breed may be best suited for your home.
Depending on the age of your child, he or she may be afraid of a dog that is too big or can be a little on the aggressive side.
One way to lower the odds of getting the wrong dog is to have your child around some different breeds. This can often be done via outside family or friends with pets. That is have their dogs mingle with your child if not too far away.
Once you’ve had some time to see how your kid reacts to specific breeds, you are in position to decide which one is best.
Another thing to think about will be do you tell your child you are in fact getting a dog or surprise them?
While it is not uncommon for kids to get a dog on Christmas or a birthday, decide what you feel is the best way to give them a dog.
Taking Care of Their New Best Friend
Once you have in fact brought a dog into your home, it is important that you and your child do your best to care for them.
While you will be responsible for stuff such as vet care and food, your child if old enough can help with some things.
If your kid is old enough to be outside with the dog unsupervised, they could take them for a walk. If your kid is too young for such a thing, at least playing with them in a yard while being supervised should be okay.
Part of taking care of a dog also means making sure it has things such as toys and treats.
If you want to avoid always having to run to the store for those items, you could hop online.
In only a matter of minutes on the Internet, you can order a pet subscription box.
When deciding a dog is right for your child, get ready for years of fun and loving times ahead.