Your Child’s First Pet (Part 5)

We’ve been talking over some basic rules involving getting a pet for your first child, the conversations that need to take place before bringing the pet home, and some things to consider as a parent to ensure a safe and happy experience for all. We went over some beginning steps for freshwater tropical fish, rodents such as hamsters and Guinea pigs, and birds. Now let’s go over the most wanted pet by most children: dogs.

Dogs, “man’s best friend”, are one of the most fulfilling companions that a person can have, and through proper care and training, can be one of the strongest addition to any household – barring allergic reactions of course, if applicable. Dogs can act as both a playmate and a very effective home security measure! Upkeep on dogs can be more than the previously mentioned animals. Expenses including regular veterinary visits, needed accessories (leashes, chew toys, etc.), and food costs are something that you should strongly consider before you and your family take on this big responsibility.

Also, housing is very important, and situations will differ depending on whether or not you plan on making this an inside dog, an outside dog, or a combination of the two. Any dogs left outside will need a dog shelter that they can escape to for shade on hot days and to avoid getting wet on rainy days.

When it comes to the dog itself, dogs over 50 pounds could pose a possible accidental danger to very small children, but this is more the exception than the rule. And don’t buy into the fallacies that breeds such as pit bulls or rottweilers are always mean or aggressive dogs. In fact, small dogs more often injure people than big dogs do. A dog is as good or as bad as the way it’s been trained and treated.

Hopefully you and your child can find a pet that will make everyone happy, as well as provide good lessons in responsibility and accountability, as well as provide years of fun and joy for you and your family.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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