Everybody loves puppies, whether up close or from a distance. They are just plain cute, so it’s only natural sooner or later every parent will hear, “please, please, please can I have a puuupppppy?”
Even though puppies are so adorable they come with a little work, so many parents either dodge the topic or outright say no.
Rather than avoid the situation parents may want to consider a few things to see whether the family is ready for a new addition to the family.
First off, weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the family. Who will care for the pet? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.
Studies have found Dog owners less likely to suffer depression than those without pets.
Improved health benefits include; lower stress and reduce anxiety, elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine meaning calming and relaxing. Studies have also been found to help calm hyperactive or overly aggressive children.
- Pets are always loving and never critical, unlike parents or teachers.
- Teach responsibility
- Motivate children
- Provide companionship
- Puppies help meet you new people
- Improve Family Dynamics
- Added structure and routine to the day
- Promote a Healthy Moral Code
- Teach children to think critically
- Increase exercise – get a dog lose weight
- Requires time and attention
- Needs training to curb chewing or jumping
- Expenses like food, medical and toys
- Daily walks are recommended
- Occasional messes need to be cleaned up
- Consistent Bathing
- Regular Feeding
- Arrangements need to be made if planning on vacations
Do Your Research
A little research is needed to determine the type of pet is best for your family. Do you live in an apartment or do you have space where they can run? Do you have the space and time to devote to an animal? Learn about the different breeds to see which is suitable for your family.
There are thousands of rescue and shelter puppies available. Many of them purebred. Adoption is a great option. The rescuers are often very familiar with the dog’s personality. They have provided training and ensure they are healthy before finding the animal a new home. Best of all, you’ll be saving a life.
Before bringing a pet into your life since a pet is a long-term commitment. Know that a pet can help you find meaning and joy to your life and help you stay connected as one grows older.
If you’re not quite ready to make a full-time commitment for life, there is always the option of volunteering at an animal shelter, walking a neighbor’s dog or being a foster dog parent until a permanent home can be found for the dog.
“Please, please, please can I have a puppy?”
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