Be Informed When You Choose a Pet for Your Child Things to Consider

Here is some serious information for your use. It talks about choosing a pet for and with your children, your responsibilities as well as benefits to your children and your family. This is written by an expert folks so it is truly worth the read.

I have many childhood memories of my pets. I was raised on a farm and always had dogs and cats around for obvious function reasons but they were still my special friends and they enjoyed being part of the family. The cats caught the mice. The dogs helped with the farm animals and probably kept the snakes at a respectable distance and who know what other critters they protected us from.

Please read and enjoy this great article on Children and Choosing a Pet.

Children and Choosing a Pet
By Harold Cohen, Ph.D.
June 4, 2007

Pets are part of many children’s lives. Parental involvement, open discussion, and planning are usually necessary to help make pet ownership a positive experience for everyone. A child who learns to care for an animal, and treat it kindly and patiently, gets invaluable training in learning to treat people the same way. Careless treatment of animals is unhealthy for both the pet and the child involved.

Choosing an Appropriate Pet

While all kinds of pets can bring children pleasure, it is important to choose a pet that is right for your family, your home, and your lifestyle; and one that your child can help care for. Parents should be cautious about having aggressive animals as pets. Remember, even trained and domesticated animals can be aggressive. Also, exotic and unusual animals may be difficult to care for and should be considered carefully.

Caring for a Pet

Taking care of a pet can help children develop social skills. However, certain guidelines apply:

* Since very young children (under the age of 3-4 years) do not have the maturity to control their aggressive and angry impulses, they should be monitored with pets.
* Young children (under 10 years) are rarely able to care for a large animal, a cat or a dog, on their own.
* Parents must oversee the pet=s care even if they believe their child is old enough to care for a pet.
* If children become lax in caring for a pet, parents may have to take over the responsibility on their own.
* Children should be reminded in a gentle, not scolding way, that animals, like people, need food, water, and exercise.

* If a child continues to neglect a pet, a new home may have to be found for the animal.
* Parents serve as role models. Children learn responsible pet ownership by observing their parents= behavior.

Advantages of Pet Ownership

Children raised with pets show many benefits. Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy. Pets can serve different purposes for children:

* They can be safe recipients of secrets and private thoughts–children often talk to their pets, like they do their stuffed animals.
* They provide lessons about life; reproduction, birth, illnesses, accidents, death, and bereavement.
* They can help develop responsible behavior in the children who care for them.
* They provide a connection to nature.

* They can teach respect for other living things.

Other physical and emotional needs fulfilled by pet ownership include:

* Physical activity
* Comfort contact
* Love, loyalty, and affection
* Experience with loss if a pet is lost or dies.

Although most children are gentle and appropriate with pets, some may be overly rough or even abusive. If such behavior persists, it may be a sign of significant emotional problems. Any child who abuses, tortures or kills animals should be referred to a child and adolescent psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation.

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2 Responses to “Be Informed When You Choose a Pet for Your Child Things to Consider”

  1. What a great article. Really something to think about.
    Parents often buy pets just because they were walking next to a pet shop and the kid says “I want this puppy”.
    I always avoid these situations with my baby sister and she grew up to be a very responsible person while taking care of pets that were appropriate for her age.
    Worse situation is what is happening every time a cool animal movie comes out. Remember how many dalmatian puppies were bought after “101 dalmatians” and how many guinea pigs are being bought on a whim, after seeing “G force”.
    .-= Brankica | Cool Small Pets´s last blog ..Small Pets for Small Spaces =-.

  2. Carol Hansen says:

    Boy is that article loaded with good advise. This time of year especially, people tend to give those cute little puppies as gifts without thinking responsibly about its future. Then they end up at the pound or worse yet, mistreated. So sad. Thanks for the reminder, Bill.

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