Getting a dog can be a fantastic way to expand your family, but it’s important to ensure your kids know what to expect. Whether your children have been begging you for a dog for years or they’re still too young to really comprehend what getting a dog means, you’ll want to take age-appropriate steps to prepare them for the new arrival. To ensure you’ve got everything covered, take a look at these top tips for preparing your kids for dog ownership:
1. Start Early
Many parents want to surprise their kids with a dog, but this isn’t always the best way forward. Some kids find it hard to cope with sudden changes, so an unexpected arrival could be stressful rather than exciting. Furthermore, you won’t have the opportunity to fully prep your kids on what to expect or what they need to do to care for the dog, which could leave you at a disadvantage.
By telling your kids that you’re getting a dog and giving them a few weeks to adjust, you can ensure that they’re ready to get fully involved in a safe and healthy way by the time your new pup arrives.
2. Practice Basic Tasks
If your kids want to get involved with caring for your dog, be sure to teach them how to do so and practice basic tasks with them. Many children can safely prepare a dog’s food bowl with some adult supervision, for example. Of course, you’ll want to ensure that you’re feeding your dog the food that’s best for them, so do some research in advance.
Many owners find raw food to the best choice, so take a look at this guide on raw dog food to learn a little more. With pre-prepared options available from Bella & Duke, you can make it easy for you and your kids to give your dog the best diet. What’s more – a handy subscription and delivery to your door means you’ll never run out of dog food!
3. Lay Down Some Ground Rules
Both your kids and your new pup will try and push the boundaries, so lay down some ground rules in advance! You’ll want to train your dog to sleep alone, for example, so don’t be tempted to give in when your kids ask if their new pup can sleep in their bed. Equally, don’t let those soulful puppy eyes tempt you into giving your pup a space in your bed either. Being firm but fair from the outset will make things easier for everyone. Always stick to your rules and make them non-negotiable.
Adding a Dog to Your Family
If you want to welcome a dog into your family, it’s important to choose the right breed. There are significant differences between the needs and temperament of each breed, so you’ll want to ensure you make the right choice for your family. By doing so, you can look forward to bringing up a pup who will be the perfect addition to your household.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.