Your kid’s been requesting for a cuddly companion, and you’re itching for a pet, too, especially since you’ve read many benefits of pets. But do your homework before you go to the nearest shelter, or breeder, pet store.
You may have a dream puppy or dog in mind, but when it comes to selecting the best pet for kids, not all breeds are tot-friendly: Some are too aggressive or energetic, while others are fearful and easily get scared. Some don’t digest rough play, while others are prone to scratching and biting. And some bring bacteria and diseases that can be harmful to children. If your children is allergic to pets or has other medical problem, that’s a whole other can of worms — and also another reason to select your dog wisely.
One question you need to ask to yourself: As a family, are you willing and able to give the care and space that you’re desired dog will require? Pets — especially puppies want more time and care (and that’s an even great deal when you’ve got children who need you, too. So think mindfully about whether you have sufficient energy and patience for both. A senior dog (or a fish or a bird) may be a good decision than a puppy, especially for newborn families.
Bringing a dog into your life shouldn’t be an impulsive decision — it’s a lifelong commitment (even if that’s measured out in dog years). With this in mind, if you’re still ready to select a pet for your family, look for the below points.
Choosing a Pet — Best Pets for Kids
Still want to get a pet?
Dogs. A loyal, loving dog is the super family pet, but which puppy makes the best pets for children? In general, mixed breeds are more easygoing than purebreds, and larger breeds may be more patient of a kid’s rough play than smaller puppies, which tend to bark and bite more easily. Still, every dog is variant, so try to spend more time with the puppies in order to make sure he’ll fit well with your family. Get as much information as you can from the shelter, breeder or pet store before you bring puppy house.
Before choosing a pet, keep your child’s growth stage in mind.
If you are getting a pet as a friend for your kid, it is ideal to wait until she is mature enough to handle and concern for the animal—usually around age five or six. Younger children have trouble identify an animal from a toy, so they may accidentally provoke a bite through ill-treatment.
If your child is ready or mature enough, talk about the needs of the pet and everything that is needed in caring for it first. Books and magazines on pet care from the library can help your children to realize the accountability. Visit a friend or family member who has a dog and allow your child to see experience what the care of a pet includes.
Some pets have easygoing nature contributive to being around children.
Dogs like retrievers and beagles tend to be kind with kids. On the other hand other breeds, such as boxers, German shepherds, pit bulls and Doberman pinschers, and miniature French poodles, may be more undeterminable. Keep the dogs (pets) features in mind when selecting a dog.
What about allergies?
The dander (shed skin cells, hairs, and feathers) of some dogs can arouse allergic signs in certain children. If your children have allergies (asthma, eczema, hay fever) or your family has a solid past of allergic disorders, bringing pets into the home may not be a great idea. Talk with your pediatrician or a local veterinarian for recommendation.
What about disease?
Almost every type of dog (pet) is a prospective source of disease that can contaminate your children. All reptiles, for instance, can carry and transmit salmonella bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea. However, as long as your children practices proper hygiene, specially hand washing after playing with a pet and before going to eat, they should be safe.
See how much time you and your family has to care for a dog
Pets, like dogs require daily care & attention. They must be groomed, fed, cleaned up after, and exercised. Others pets like birds, fish, and turtles demand minimal care―and may be a good choice for a younger child who needs to learn about what is involved in having pet or busy families with less time. A dog can’t be neglected for even a 1 day.
Is it better to get a junior or senior dog first?
Look for a pet with a kindness. A senior pet is often a good option for kids, because a puppy or kitten may bite out of aggressiveness or playfulness. Prevent older pets raised in a house without children’s, however.
Adopt or buy pets only from reputable shelters and breeders. Otherwise you may increase the risk of adopting or purchasing a diseased or ill pet and threatening yourself and child too.