If you love dogs then you probably know why they are among the most popular pets for kids. Apart from being affectionate, they are loyal, funny, and are full of personality. But how can you pick a pet dog for your kid? How do you know that the one you’ve chosen is the best? When it comes to picking the right pet dog for your child here are some of the things to consider.
How to Pick a Pet Dog for Your Child
1. You need to know where to get the dog
If you are a first-time owner, you need to avoid buying a dog from a pet store. Instead, ask the people in your community and neighbors where they got their dogs. You may also visit your local shelters and share with them about your needs and wants in a pet. If you are looking for a specific breed then you need to search online.
2. Consider your other responsibilities
If you don’t have the time to commit to training and housebreaking your child’s pet, then opt for a mature dog that is already trained. While puppies are the best, they can be a bit cumbersome to train and manage. A properly trained dog will not only be easier to manage but is also ideal especially if your child is too young to take care of a pet.
3. Research on the breed
When it comes to choosing a dog pet, considering the breed is very important. You need to settle for one that is well known for its adaptability. While some breeds are known for their tolerance and love of children, others are completely the opposite. Thankfully, there are several online resources and books that can help you pick the right breed for your child. Carrying out your research before informing your child is, therefore, highly advised. Once you’ve done your research, you can narrow down and allow your child to pick the one that will be suitable for him.
4. Consider his temperament
Are you looking for a dog who is full of energy that you go on hikes, adventures, and jogs with? Or are you looking for one who will be content sleeping and snuggling around? What about your child? Is he outgoing or an introvert? By knowing his temperament, you are in a much better position to choose the best. Make sure you pick a dog that will fit in your child’s lifestyle and make him happier.
This is also another consideration worth thinking about if you are looking for a pet dog for your child. Since dogs can be rambunctious, a very large dog might not be suitable for your child. Although most boys think that this is fun, girls would prefer a smaller breed. Since dogs can live for up to 15 years, you need to choose one that will remain his best friend for many years to come.
Choosing, caring for, and bonding with a pet dog when you’ve got other engagements is not an easy thing. Since the dog will be part of the family you need to be very careful when picking one. Thankfully, by knowing what you want you can end up with the best pet for your child and live happily with your new member.
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