Be Dog Smart: Signs Your Child is Ready for a Dog


It seems that as soon as your child is old enough to speak, they’ll start asking for a puppy. Although adding a puppy or dog to the family can be very beneficial for growing children, it’s important to ensure they are ready for the responsibility of caring for a dog. Parents also need to be prepared to teach both children and dogs how to properly interact to guarantee safety for both of them. The six signs below will help indicate if your child is ready to add a furry member to the family.

Pet Leadership Council. (2019) Signs your child is ready for a dog. American Pet Products Association. Used with permission.Signs Your Child is Ready For a Dog

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Topic(s): Dog to People - Positive Caretaker Interactions, Pet Families, Social Interactions