Last Updated on 2020-10-29 by Linda
Pet’s can be a really important part of family life, however, knowing the right time to bring a pet into your home is tricky. There are some things you need to think about before you make the final decision.
Have a look below:
Your Children Are Comfortable Around Animals
Getting a pet certainly isn’t the cure for a child who is fearful of animals. You need to work on your child’s comfort level before you think about introducing a pet to the home.
Visit an animal shelter, spend time with family or friends pets, and visit petting zoos. Some children are naturally scared or wary of animals, so ease them in before you get a pet and start shopping at Time for Paws. Sebastian had lots of practice with Lou before he got Piper. A gentle touch and respect for the animal helps.
Your Child Can Show Respect To Animals
Your child needs to be able to respect the guidelines for how to behave around animals. They should understand things like leaving them alone while eating, and they shouldn’t be tugged.
Just because a child wants to interact with an animal doesn’t mean that the animal wants to all the time. It’s important for you to be sure that your child can respect this when they are told to. Make sure you stay close and teach them the proper way to pet and hold their new friend.
Your Child Can Handle Household Tasks
If your children are able to help with the dishes, clear the table, or vacuum their room, they might be ready for a pet to be introduced. Pet care such as feeding them or washing bowls are great ways to teach them responsibility, however, they should already be doing small tasks around the home and not starting with these.
We tried from a very young age to instill a sense of responsibility. Chores are a healthy habit to develop.
Your Children Want A Pet That Is A Good Fit For The Family
Children need to understand that not every pet is suitable for the whole family. Every pet needs to be enriched, but some need to be enriched more than others.
This means that a pet needs to fit the space and time you have available as a family, if your children want a pet that suits this then you could be ready.
Your Child Has Tonnes Of Energy
If your child loves going to the park, playing outside, or running around in the yard, a pet may be a good way to help them get rid of all that extra energy. If your children are old enough, they will be able to walk the dog and it can be used a great way for all the family to get some exercise.
The Whole Family Is On Board
The whole family needs to be ready and prepared for the adoption of a new pet. If anyone is allergic, or is scared, or doesn’t like them then the rest of the family needs to respect this. Pet ownership can be a rewarding experience for children and you, however, if the entire family doesn’t support it, then this is probably not the right time to introduce a pet.
There are numerous benefits to having a pet. They teach lessons in responsibility, provide companionship, emotional well-being, and others. However, it’s definitely something your family needs to be ready for.