Mommy, I want a dog!
February 20, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If there is something almost all children have in common is their love for pets. Especially dogs and if they´re puppies, even better. If your child has been asking you for one but you´re not sure, don´t worry. You´re not the only one. In order to help you make such an important decision, here are some pros and cons of having a dog.


Whose is it? Having a dog is a huge responsibility. Even though you decide to buy it “for them” and they promise to take care of their new pet, assume you´ll be the one doing the main taking care of. By the way, do you live close to the park? Before saying yes, think twice if you can and want to assume this responsibility.

How much is it going to cost? Aside from thinking about how much time you have to take care of your new pet, you should also think of how much it would cost you. Consider food, vaccinations, special care, grooming, etc.… For more information and adoption fees, please check out the Animal Humane Society website.

A dog or a puppy? This depends on your child’s age but experts urge against buying or adopting a puppy if you have a baby at home. Taking care of both can be too much to handle. They also recommend having a dog when the youngest child at home is at least 5 years old. At that age, they can and will want to help you take care of it. Adopting or buying a young dog is preferable especially one that has already lived with a family successfully. It’s important that your new dog not only tolerates kids but ADORES them.




Exercise assured. Do you worry your daughter spends too much time watching TV or your son doesn´t exercise enough? Once you have a dog, you can stop worrying. At home, their new pet will keep them entertained and depending on their age, they´ll be taking the dog on their daily walks. If they´re too young, your children can join you on the weekends to play and run. If dogs and children have something in common it´s their inexhaustible energy.

Learning responsibility. Having a dog allows children to feel responsible. According to their age, it´s important you delegate certain tasks such as feeding, taking them out on a walk, brushing them, etc.…The American Association of Psychologists recently published an interesting study that concluded that children who are responsible for a dog tends to be more compassionate, cooperative and will learn and like to take care of others.

Social and Emotional Values. Very strong links are established between children and their pets. A dog will not only teach them how to be responsible but to be nurturing and loving. The NY Times published an article about a group of psychologists from the University of Oregon proved that children who have pets tend to be more sociable and have more self-esteem.

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