Toddlers generally are fond of pets. They tend to fall in love with cuddly puppies, kittens and end up demanding a pet of they’re own. You might be thinking of getting your bundle of joy a pet this Christmas. That’s a wonderful idea. But let’s go through the below facts before making that important decision.
• Wait until your child is 3 or older before bringing a new dog or cat home. Adopting a pet is a big commitment of time and resources. The added responsibility can be hard for new parents. You’ll spend as much as three hours a day training and exercising a new puppy, and up to an hour with an older dog. There will be an adjustment period after you bring a new animal home. During this time, accidents will happen more often and trouble spots will be identified.
• It’s important that your child is mature enough to behave responsibly when your new pet’s behavior is unknown and unproven. Keep in mind that your child probably won’t be mature enough to help with a pet until he’s 7 or 8 years old.
• No matter where you find your pet, be sure to choose one that’s comfortable around kids.
• It’s always better for parents to wait until kids are school-age before bringing a dog home. It is recommended that parents train their children to act appropriately around dogs and always supervise interactions between dogs and kids.
• Try not to invest in breeds of dogs that are known to harm children and can be easily provoked. Kids will want to cuddle, snuggle their pets. As parents you must always be mindful of the dangers your baby might face with a new pet.