Dogs and Children

Bringing home an appropriate canine playmate starts with doing your homework.

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Have you been asking yourself, “Should we get our children a dog?” First determine if you want one. Few children handle sole responsibility in caring for a dog, which leaves much of it for parents. Further considerations include:

1. Children with dogs need supervision until they understand how to treat a dog kindly. At what age does that occur? No one answer exists; your 7-year-old may be more mature than the neighbor’s 11-year-old.

2. Research, then buy or adopt a breed or mix of breeds generally regarded as good with children that suits your particular child -- quiet companion for a mellow child, playful type for a more active kid.

3. Young puppies take lots of time to raise well. An even-tempered 1-year-old or older dog with a known affinity for children bypasses the puppy antics stage and forms an equally strong family bond.

4. Male or female doesn’t matter; a good dog is a good dog.


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Wil   Cagayan De Oro,

6/20/2013 7:30:47 AM

As a father of many dogs and children, one of the reasons that I always take into consideration is the behavioral problems. I need to know why the dog is jealous, or what makes me think he is jealous.

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Wil   Cagayan De Oro,

6/13/2013 7:18:33 AM

I think parents should learn from this. We can't deny the fact that there are breed of dogs that are quite risky for small children. This one is an important consideration that every parent should bear in mind to avoid danger both ( kids/dogs).

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AnimalLux   El Paso, TX

3/3/2013 9:05:47 PM

I am 15 yrs old and I do most of the "new puppy" work. I dont mind much though, my parents are very hardworking and owning my dogs has taught me many things

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janet   bethlehem, PA

6/16/2010 4:21:23 AM

good article thank you

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