Sooner or later, each parent is likely to hear: “Please, can I have a puppy? Oh, please Mum or Dad!”
Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a puppy or dog.
Parents should weigh the pros and cons of adding an animal to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. One advantage can be that a dog can teach kids responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family but it can also be an or it can be a burden for the whole family. You should consider the following things before deciding a puppy or a dog.
Who takes care for the puppy or dog? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for walking, feeding, cleaning and bathing after the/your “best friend”.
How about enough space? Do you have any space for he or she? A lot of families living in flats and may prefer another animal like a bird or cat rather than a Cocker Spaniel. You can go to the library or check “online” to learn more about various breeds and types of dogs to determine the one most suitable for you and your family.
To mentioned, owning an animal is very time consuming and may be expensive, also. Members of familiy should recognize that they may have to give up other special activities to properly care for the/your domestic dog. If the prospect seems too discouraging, mum and dad can suggest to wait until the child is old enough to help care for an animal.
The best thing for the family is to meet the puppy or dog before you decide to take your “lovely one” at home. Owning a dog is a very long-term commitment, so reflect carefully before adopting a new family member like a puppy.