Nearly all kids go through at least one stage of begging, bargaining, and pleading with the parent for a pet dog. After all, as they will tell you over and over, dogs are man’s best friend, so what better pet to get than that? Of course, as a parent, you have to make the hard decisions and decide whether your family is indeed ready for a dog right now, or whether it would be best to wait. Although reading the information in the post below can help to make this decision a lot clearer and easier.
Do you have space?
The first question you need to ask is whether you currently have the space for the breed of dog that you want? After all, you live in a studio apartment with your family welcoming a large breed like an Irish Wolfhound or a Great Dane is probably not the most practical of ideas.
Of course, if you still want to go ahead with bringing a dog into the family and space is an issue, there is a way around it. In fact, choosing a much more compact breed, such as an Italian greyhound, or Pomerrian is a much better idea.
Do you have all the resources you will need?
One thing that your family will need to be ready for a dog is all of the equipment and resources required to care for them properly. In fact, many families forget all about this cost when buying or rehoming a pet. Which is silly really as it can be quite significant.
In fact, you will absolutely need to invest in the basics such as dog collars, leads, water and food bowls, and a comfortable bed. Then there are additional items such as toys, clothing, and a crate as well. The latter being essential if you plan on crate training your dog, a topic that you can visit a site like this one to find out more about.
Don’t forget to purchase enough food, treats, and flea and worming treatments for when you get your dog as well. The reason being that these are all essential for their health and welling too.
Are the kids responsible enough for a pet?
Finally, and perhaps the toughest call for a parent to make is whether your kids are old enough and responsible enough for a pet. In reality, you can choose to get a dog at any time. However, you may wish to wait until the kids are ready to take on some of the responsibilities themselves. Such as feeding them or filling up their water bowl.
It’s always a smart idea to make sure that the little ones are old enough to know how to interact with your pet, as well. That they understand “No,” and that the dog is a living breathing animal that will have a reaction to being mistreated. In fact, this can not only be better for the dog but for their own safety as well. Something that makes this final check an essential one to do before you even consider bringing a dog into your family home.
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