Bringing a dog into your home comes with many benefits for both your family and your newest furry family member! Many children who grow up with dogs develop an appreciation for caring for another living thing that they then take with them for the rest of their lives. According to PetCentric.com, a dog can:
Not to mention, you’re providing your pup with a forever home with your family, ensuring they live a happy and long life. That being said, families do need to take precautionary steps before bringing a dog into the home to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. On the other hand, if you already have a dog and are planning on having children, you may need to take steps to ensure the process is stress-free on your pooch. ASPCA.org has compiled a list of ways you can prepare your dog if you are about to have a baby, such as teaching your dog important commands. For example, baby toys and dog toys can look similar, so teaching your dog the command ‘leave it’ or ‘drop it’ will help keep your dog from taking or wrecking your baby’s things.
As your children grow, they need to learn how to play with and respect the family dog to ensure they bond properly and are treating your dog well. RSPCA.org.uk gives advice on how to make sure your kids are being nice to the dog and vice versa. For example, dogs and children communicate differently. A child may hug and kiss a dog to show affection, but the dog may view this as threatening. Ensuring your children know how treat your dog will ensure your home is a safe place for everyone.
Dogs can be a great addition to any family. They are loyal, long-term companions that can teach your children many life lessons. Your family can also create a great and loving environment for your dog to live a happy life. The key is to properly prepare your dog and/or children for the transition and to plan ahead.
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