Kids and Puppies – Things to Think About


Sooner or later, when it comes to kids and puppies every parent is likely to hear: "Please, can I have a puppy?"


Let's dive right in.


Kids And Puppies Involve Many Considerations

Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a pet, says Sharon Bergen, an instructor of Early Childhood and Youth Development at Dakota County Technical College.

Bergen suggests that when it comes to kids and puppies parents should weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child's request.


"A pet can teach children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family-or it can be a burden," she says.


Bergen recommends families consider the following before deciding.
Who will care for the pet?


Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.

Do you have space for a pet?


Kids and puppies may not be the right fit for some. Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than a Labrador retriever.


Check the library or Internet to learn more about different types and breeds of pets. To determine the one most suitable for your family.


Time for Kids and Puppies

Owning a pet is time consuming and may be expensive. Family members should realize that they may have to give up other activities to properly care for a pet.


If the prospect seems too daunting, parents may suggest waiting until the child is old enough to help care for an animal. Kids and puppies may certainly be workable when the kids are the right age to except the pet.


Family Meeting

Bergen recommends the whole family meet the animal before deciding to take it home. Owning a pet is a long-term commitment. So think carefully before adopting a furry new family member and putting kids and puppies together.


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