When choosing a dog for your children, there are many things you need to consider..

Choosing a Dog for Your Children

Choosing a Dog for Your Children

Dogs make wonderful companions. They can be especially good if you have children.

Numerous studies show that having a dog in the home while your children are growing up benefits them greatly. They have a stronger immune system, are more confident, and usually grow up into caring and thoughtful adults. If you want to learn more about these benefits, click this link to be taken to a paper written by The Pet Health Council.

When choosing a dog for your children, there are many things you need to consider..

What to look for in a family dog

However, it is important to realize that not every dog is suitable for a family. There are things you need to consider before you adopt or buy a puppy.

Is the dog going to be OK with the children?

The vast majority of dogs are great with children. They are patient and seem to understand that kids are vulnerable, so are normally very protective.

If you are adopting a dog, you need to learn more about its history and character before bringing it into your home. Breeders will advice you about which breeds or crossbreeds are patient enough to deal with living in a house with children.

Your lifestyle

How you live your life has a big impact on what type of dog will be right for you and your kids. If you live in a city and lead a busy life, you will probably be better off getting a smaller dog that does not require as much exercise. For active families it is important to choose a dog that can keep up with you and your children.

How much space you have

The amount of room you have in your home is also an important consideration. If you own your own home and have a big garden a large dog can be a good fit, but it would not be suitable for someone who lives in a small house.

When choosing a dog for your children, there are many things you need to consider.

How much care your dog will need

You also need to bear in mind how much time it will take to take care of your dog. If you are already stretched and short on time, introducing a dog into the home that has to be walked for an hour and a half every day is not a good idea.

The cost of caring for your dog

If you are on a relatively tight budget, you also need to be careful about what type of dog you buy or adopt. Large breeds tend to be more expensive than smaller ones.

You need to take into account how much it will cost to feed and groom your dog. It is also important to factor in healthcare costs, and vaccinating your pet.

See also: The Cost of Having and Caring for a Dog

As you know, I recommend that you adopt a pet whenever you can, but I realize that sometimes this is not practical. So, if you are looking for puppies for sale in Scotland, try this company. They are a fully regulated breeder that only sells vaccinated and vet-checked puppies that take the time to advice potential owners about which dog is going to be right for them.

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

A QUESTION FOR YOU:

What type of dog have you chosen for your family? Do you have children?

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3 thoughts on “Choosing a Dog for Your Children

  1. This is a great post with thoughtful considerations. It’s so important to really think through these points, to ensure you get the right dog, to avoid any potential injury to children or dogs who are mismatched in size and/or temperament, AND to avoid a dog getting returned to a shelter because things didn’t work out – and potentially getting euthanized!
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    • Yes, you absolutely right, K.Lee. It’s important to do some research first before deciding on the type of dog you want, especially if children are involved, I think. It makes me so sad to learn that an animal has been returned because the owners made the wrong choice. I appreciate you input. Thank you for stopping by today! Cheers.

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