Here at Dogwatch of Western, Mass. we’re self-proclaimed dog lovers. We believe every breed, size, and type is a lovable and amazing option for welcoming into the home. There are, however, many conditions to consider if you’ve made the decision to bring a dog into your family.
Here are a few of the things to think about before you welcome a new pet into your home.
What Age Should Kids Get a Pet?
Now that the holiday season is well underway and last-minute gifts are being bought, you might be considering giving in to your child’s wish for a pet. Before you head to the local pet store to buy one for under the tree, remember that having a pet is a giant responsibility – especially a dog. One you may end up having to take over if your children are still young. These animals must be fed, bathed, cared for just like another human in the household. If that doesn’t sound like something you’ll have the extra time and resources for, try moving to a different item on their wish list or starting out small like with a fish.
Speaking of age, a lot of people wonder when a good time is to give children the responsibility of caring for a pet. Experts suggest homes with children as young as 5 could have pets if the parents are going to help, or 10 years and older if they plan to lean on the child to do more of the caring. It really depends on each individual child and the living situation.
Don’t Forget About Shelters
If you will be getting a pet, consider going to shelters that are already overcrowded with animals who need a good home rather than buying from a pet store or breeder. If you can save one animal’s life and give them the affection and attention they are longing for, you’ve already accomplished a major holiday miracle.
The great thing about bringing a dog into your home is that they can be a terrific source of love for all members – young and old. Dogs provide an unconditional affection that is unique while also helping to teach children about responsibility and compassion. Choosing a dog that works well in your home environment and with the members of your family can be tricky. It’s important to do your research and talk to a professional about the breed you’re considering adopting. Knowing about their energy levels, how much training they are going to need and how patient they are will all play a role in how well they blend into your home. According to the AKC, some of the top dog breeds for families include the: French Bulldog, Pug, Golden Retriever and Bulldog.
Once you have your new furry family member, be sure to reach out to us to set-up safe perimeters for containment around your home and yard. This gives pets the ultimate freedom and offers you peace of mind knowing your restricted areas of the home will remain off-limits.