Kids and Pets are a wonderful site to behold. Warm fuzzy moments to treasure and
cherish. And what exactly is it doing under Pet Care? Taking care of
your pet includes its relationship with the kids in your family which is
a major and most important relationship in your pets life....and your
Watching that relationship develop and flourish takes time and patience. Involvement with the pet will depend on the age of your child and will require your constant supervision.
Much has been
written about pets, kids and the problems that may arise. You probably
have heard the old tale that cats will sleep on the babies face. Or
that dogs never ever bite.In reality, anything
can happen. So it is best to be aware of your pet, what it's strengths
and weaknesses are and always supervise. Always.
An older dog, for
example, can develop aches and pains that are permanent or occasional.
If your child sits, falls, stumbles on a sore spot your dog may growl,
bark, or even snip at the child. So if you know your dog has old age
issues, teach your child well how to touch the dog on the head and take
great care insuring the two don't accidentally collide. A puppy on the other
hand, will romp and play with your mobile child. This could appear
absolutely like perfect fun, but if the pup is not taught restrictions
on chasing the child, it may eventually kick into prey chase.
Taking care to teach
your pet and child how to interact creates a wonderful bond between the
two. The child learns much from loving a pet. The pet from the child. Kids
can begin working with your pet from an early age. Toddlers for
example love to feed and water pets. They can set the food and water
bowl down on the floor. Give the pet a treat. Some even will help
pick the food off the grocery shelf and help put the pet food in the
cupboard after your shopping trip.
They can tell the dog basic commands
and praise, like sit, good doggie, before eating. They can help hold
the leash on walks. They can brush the pet. You can incorporate your
child into most of your pet care.
The older your
child, the more responsibility he/she can have, however, it is not
suggested that you give an older child total responsibility for the
pet. But rather utilize the relationship with the pet to teach about
Quote of the day:
For some, there is no difference between a human baby and a puppy or
kitten. They are little poop machines that when not pooping demand food
and attention....Yep, pretty much the same.