Sooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Please, can I have a puppy?”
Rather than dodge the question, parents should consider whether their family is ready for a pet, says Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.
Bergen suggests that parents weigh the pros and cons of adding a pet to the household before agreeing to a child’s request. “A pet can teach children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to a family-or it can be a burden,” she says. Bergen recommends families consider the following before deciding.
Who will care for the pet? Families should agree beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, walking, bathing and cleaning up after the pet.
Do you have space for a pet? Families living in apartments or townhouses may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than a Labrador retriever. Check the library or Internet to learn more about different types and breeds of pets to determine the one most suitable for your family.
Owning a pet is time consuming and may be expensive. Family members should realize that they may have to give up other activities to properly care for a pet. If the prospect seems too daunting, parents may suggest waiting until the child is old enough to help care for an animal.
Bergen recommends the whole family meet the animal before deciding to take it home. Owning a pet is a long-term commitment, so think carefully before adopting a furry new family member.
If you live in the United Kingdom, and you’re thinking about getting a dog or puppy, here’s a site you should check out. It’s called Pets You Like, and they have a very large selection of dogs for sale.
The site is set up like a combination social network and classified ads site. The range of dogs available for adoption is vast, and it appears there are dogs available in any price range.
You can search for dogs and other pets in your local area, view pictures of the dogs and puppies before making a choice, and if you are looking for a specific breed, that option is available as well. Once you find a dog or puppy you like, you can then meet with the breeder and the dog before making a purchase. a win-win situation for everyone!
It should also be noted that if you have a pet for sale, you can list the pet on the site for free.