All the adults who have lived with a pet in our childhood, we continue to preserve, forever, that unforgettable memory: He was my other brother! He was my best friend! He was my playmate! He was my confidant!, … He entered my life and never left again, he left his mark! When you have grown up with a pet, you can no longer conceive a family without it.
Can we have a puppy?! … If you already have your own family and your children are old enough to speak, surely they have already asked you that question. If they’ve been asking you for a dog companion for a long time, take it very seriously. It may be the ideal time for you to expand your family and allow that special and spontaneous bond that is born between children and animals to be built.
Pets play a very positive and enriching role in the emotional life of children, resulting in multiple socio-educational benefits for the whole family. With the help of pets, parents can teach their children important values such as confidence, self-esteem, responsibility and friendship. The little ones in the house understand that animals, like themselves, require care, respect and attention. For this reason, children are willing to dedicate part of their time to taking care of their dog, to give up a toy to give it to their “friend”, to get up early to take it for a walk, in short, to make efforts that enrich them as little people. Healthy habits that can even contribute to better school performance.
The family in turn benefits from a better development of communication and internal coexistence; the pet becomes a meeting point between parents and children that encourages the sharing of common time, of higher quality, during training sessions, walks, preparing meals, etc.
However, each family knows its limitations and capabilities well, and it must not be forgotten that dogs are neither toys nor instruments! . Taking care of your pet will require the work, organization and commitment of the whole family, so that together, you can enjoy the many benefits that living together brings you together.
Following some basic tips will help you achieve this:
- Choose well the breed of dog that best suits your family according to the temperament of the breed, the size of the animal, the type of hair of the dog and the needs of its lifestyle.
- Educate both the dog and the children in a bidirectional way, teaching both the basic rules that they must know in order to interact with each other.
- Socialize the puppies during the first 3 months of life.
- Cover the basic needs of the dog. A well-groomed and healthy dog will be a happy dog, and if you keep it that way, it will be more affectionate and will bond more closely with your children.
- Take care of the cleanliness of their utensils and toys (bed, dolls, leash, etc.).
- Take care of your own hygiene with regular baths, daily brushing and rigorous dental cleaning to prevent disease.
- Maintain the periodic check-ups and vaccinations that your veterinarian plans for you and follow his indications regarding the Double Monthly Protection; externally protecting the dog against fleas and ticks, but also internally against worms.
The dog will not just be one of the family, but there are studies that suggest that we can speak of the “relationship of children with their pets” in the same way that we speak of “the relationship between siblings.” Quite a challenge, very exciting for parents and very enriching for the little ones in the family.