Kids, Parents and Dogs
One of the worst reasons to get a dog is:
I want to get a dog for my kids, so they can learn about responsibility
If Mom and Dad would like to have a dog, by all means they should have one.
Before the age of 10 children are generally unable to care for any pet adequately because they are not developmentally ready without the help of an adult.
No matter how many lectures you give about how they need to feed/ water/walk the dog, the final responsibility will always be yours. A canine is not a teaching tool. The best way to teach responsibility is for parents to provide a good example by taking good care of dog.
The relationship between a dog and child can be magical, but it’s not automatic.
Guidelines and advice about owning a dog are available from many sources but these hould be read by adults rather than children and certainly not by the dog!
Obviously adults need to teach children to be safe around dogs. The language used by dogs is subtle. The vocal noises and the body posters need to be translated so that children can become conversant in canine behavior and happily SPEAK DOG
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