Letting Young Children Take Responsibility With Pets

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Now that Spring is here and Summer is soon to follow, there are certain warm weather pet tips you should take to keep your pet happy and safe. And there is no better time than now to start getting your younger children involved in these pet responsibilities and safety.

1. Pet Safety

Safety is something that sometimes may be overlooked when teaching children about pet responsibilities. Make sure your child knows the importance of a pet i.d. tag in case your pet gets lost. Teach your children early about the dangers of medicines and cleaning supplies that can be deadly to your pet. Especially with puppies, small toys could easily be swallowed or chewed up, creating a dangerous health hazard.

2. Dog Training

Dog training is a perfect opportunity for your child to feel in charge. Whether it is using a treat to teach your dog to sit or to not jump up on guests, let your child gradually take over some of the dog training responsibilities under your supervision. Not only will your child will have a stronger bond with your pet, they will learn patience as well.

3. Add Pet Care to Chores

Your pet relies on you for everything and that involves time and money. Adding age-appropriate pet care to your children’s chores will not only help you out, but show your children how much work it is to take care of a pet. Measuring food and pouring water into bowls is an easy task for the younger children, brushing, and walking are just a few of the other pet responsibilities that your child can help with. Buy these interactive Pet Responsibility charts for a fun way to track your child’s pet chores.

3. Let Them Tag Along

Vet, grooming, and training appointments are often a regular part of a pet owner’s life. Letting your children tag along is a good teaching tool and will help them understand that just like humans, pets need some of the same things to stay healthy.

Getting your child involved in the pet duties will help them learn and develop necessary skills like respect, patience, and responsibility. How do you involve your children in pet care?

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