Does your child want a pet?

Consider reading this before buying one.

Having a pet has become a norm in the majority of households. In most of the western and European countries, having a pet at home is considered to be socially mandatory as there are many positives attached to it.

Plus, having a cute pet will also keep you hooked and happy when you are depressed. Not buying the fact? Here are a few of the benefits of having a pet in your home.

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Benefits of having a pet on your child

For a long time, pets have been kids’ best friends. It is a great idea to have a pet dog as a companion for your kid. This will surely help in the physical and mental development of your child through various aspects.

They say a dog is man’s best friend, but the friendship starts from a very tender age when both the man and the dog are young and small. A dog develops a special bond with the child, and the child does that too.

And lastly, cute dogs have a very good temperament, especially near and around kids. They are patient with infants and tolerant towards their rough handling too.

However, there are just a few hazards of having a pet dog when your child is under two years of age. Apparently, infants under the age aren’t mentally developed enough to distinguish between a dog and a toy. So, the infant might end up doing some to inadvertently provoke the dogs to bite. Plus, your child may be allergic to a lot of things about dogs, you might consider getting that into grasp first.

But which species of pet dogs should you prefer

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Most of the dog breeds have a similar temperament when they are around humans, despite having different natural instincts. The trend of the species of pet dogs depends largely on the country you are in.

  • In colder places in Europe and North America, Siberian Husky breeds are very common. This breed of dog has very high maintenance but is absolutely safe with kids. These dogs are very tolerant towards kids, though there have been rumors that opine that huskies are often not as loyal as other breeds.
  • In tropical places, where the climate is hot and humid, huskies find it difficult to sustain in the temperature. However, a lot of families still prefer having a husky as a pet, though it increases the maintenance more.

Instead, in such regions, labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, etc., are very common. Labradors have a fine coating on their body, which helps them adapt to hot climates well, and the same goes for golden retrievers.

  • Plus, you should have a tendency of buying pet dogs depending on how well they respond to training. Retrievers and hounds respond well to training, so much that they can take your kid out for a walk and ensure safety from other humans and animals.
  • If you feel a little skeptical about big dog breeds, you can choose pets that are smaller in size. Japanese Spitz, Pomeranian and Pugs are some of the popular small dog breeds in countries, like India. However, these dogs pose with other negative issues – shedding and vulnerability to other animals.
  • Some people also prefer to go for bigger exotic dog breeds that are high on the intelligence quotient, making them more adaptable around kids. Examples of such dogs are “German Shepherds, Dalmatians, or even Great Dane.

The bottom line on dog breed preference

Assuming that you are buying a dog because your child wants to have a pet, you can buy any dog among the ones already mentioned. They are:

  • Japanese Spitz
  • Pomeranian
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Dalmatian
  • Pug

Things to consider before buying a pet

Before you can commit to some having a pet, be it for your own wish or for your child’s, there are some things you should consider indispensably. There are certain questions you need to ask yourself and upon having a positive answer for them, you can go ahead to buy one.

Ready for the check? Read on.

Can you commit?

Buying a pet dog is not the end of the responsibility, there are many other things that you need to consider too. Dogs, just like humans, require care to be molded into a proper lifestyle. Can you commit to taking the dog for a stroll every morning or evening? If the answer is a no, you might as well go for a self-sufficient cat, or a fish pond, perhaps.

Does it fit your lifestyle?

Your dog will become a part of your family very soon. Hence, it is very important to understand whether it will fit your lifestyle or not. Statistically, a lot of dogs are left on the road or given to an animal shelter because families fail to give time and proper care. Don’t do that. If your lifestyle is a very busy one, consider not adopting one.

Did you consult a vet?

Veterinarians are pet specialists and they are the best people to advise you about dogs. They can tell you best whether it would be wise for you to have one or not. They can also tell you what breed would be best depending on your lifestyle, climatic region and time.

Is your house pet-friendly?

People often neglect the fact that dogs aren’t humans and so, their way of living and surrounding is quite different. Plus, you don’t want your dog to stroll the kitchen in your absence, or poop here and there.

So, it is very important to make your house pet-friendly before you adopt one. You should consider making a proper toilet for your dog and train your dog best to not dirty anywhere else. You should also install door barricades to stop your dog from entering rooms it is not supposed to.

Can you maintain an ideal food habit?

Not all dog breeds are the same. Some dogs may be able to digest normal (less spicy) food that humans generally eat. However, most dogs will develop problems in the longer run, like excessive shedding, stomach problems, etc.

This makes it important for you to maintain strict eating habits for the dog. Also, do not feed the dog everything off your table.

Are you ready for the adjustment?

Not just humans, dogs need a transition period too. They take a few days, or even weeks, to adjust to their new homes. As a result, they cry at night or abandon eating. The best idea to curb this problem is to ensure that the puppy does not wander much in the new home. Make a cozy bed or build a kennel for the paw-friend. Let it feel secure in the new house.

Are you ready to train the dog?

Training the dog is the most vital, and probably the toughest part of having a pet. A lot of people fail to inculcate proper training for the dog and then blame it for becoming wild and spoilt. However, the fact of the matter is, a well-trained dog will never run wild and will listen to your commands.

Training a dog requires a lot of time and patience, and skills to. You can always learn from YouTube, but sparing time is important. Can you spare that much time?

Summarising everything

It is a nice idea to bring home a pet dog if your child wants to, this may have multiple benefits. However, executing the adoption best is something for you to take care of. You don’t want to bring imminent danger to your kid or sacrifice the proper physical and mental development.

This calls you to be more focused on choosing which dog to adopt for yourself and how to make your house pet-friendly. Once you do that with the help of a vet and proper research, you are well to have your first pet dog, a friend for your kid.