Prepare Your Household for Owning a Dog in 9 Simple Steps

There comes a time in a kid’s life when the prospect of having a dog is the most exciting thing ever – more exciting than riding a bike for the first time or being trapped inside a candy store or actually seeing Santa Claus climb down the chimney on Christmas eve. It is the prospect of having a dog that motivates kids to make all kinds of promises to convince Mommy and Daddy that they are ready to have a canine best friend. Promises of “I will give it a bath every weekend” and “I’ll feed it 3 times a day” and “I promise to eat my veggies” are much too common. Those promises are such sweet tunes to a parent’s ear, but those promises are not enough. When planning to adopt a dog, everyone in the family has to be onboard, especially to undertake responsibilities. Experts believe that having a dog at home reinforces positive behavior among children and instills a sense of responsibility. These are among the reasons why parents choose dogs for a pet and also because they’re affectionate, companionable and sensitive. In a 2013-2014 National Pet Owners survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, it was revealed that dogs are number one most common choice for family pets. However, you cannot blindly leap into owning a dog, especially when there are kids around. Proper preparation is necessary, and here are some tips on how to prepare your children for owning a dog:

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1. Consider your children’s allergy.

The most important point to consider when choosing a breed of dog is your children’s allergy to dog dander. While having an allergy to dog dander doesn’t have to hold you back from owning a dog, you would need to consider hypoallergenic dogs. This sounds like a tough feat but it really is not. There is a long list of hypoallergenic dog breeds suitable for your children such as Afghan Hound, American Hairlenss Terrier, and Bedlington Terrior. For your reference, we have compiled a list of Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers. 

The Afghan Hound is a great choice for children with allergy to dog dander. | Via commons.wikimedia.org
The Afghan Hound is a great choice for children with allergy to dog dander. | Via commons.wikimedia.org


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