Getting a new puppy is one of the most exciting times for a family, whether this is a first dog or another friend to your pooch. Not only is it exciting for adults, but it is a great life lesson to introduce your kid to a dog, and give them a new best friend. Dogs are a lot of work so the decision to get one shouldn’t be taken lightly. As such, it is important to prepare for the arrival of your new family member, so let’s have a look at what you can do to ensure that make it a smooth transition for everyone.
Prepare the kids
One of the first things that you should do when you have decided that it is time to get a new dog, is to prepare your children for the new arrival. Make sure you are clear to them about the obligations and responsibilities that come with pet ownership, and how set out some clear expectations for how they should behave around the dog. A great way to include them is to allow your children to choose the pet’s name, which will get them excited and looking forwards to them coming home!
Before you bring your dog home, it is important to have all the necessary supplies. If this is your first furry friend, you may have quite a few bits that you need to invest in. Essentials include food, bowls, treats and toys. You may also want to get a new dog bed or crate for your puppy as this will give them a comfortable space to sleep and allow you to begin crate training. Crate training is a great idea for your new puppy, as it gives them a quiet space, away from the rest of the family, which will help them to settle faster and ease any anxiety.
Depending on how old your children are, assigning chores is a great way to make sure that everyone takes some responsibility and contributes to their care. This could be from taking them on a morning walk before school to cleaning and feeding the dog at meal times. This is a great way to teach your child how to care for another being and be selfless, which is an excellent life skill to develop from a young age.
Benefits of a puppy for your kids
Bringing a dog into your home can have endless benefits for the whole family, particularly the children. Having a dog can increase empathy and responsibility, helping your child to manage stress and anxiety. Not only is it great for their mental health, but it can also improve their physical health and encourage them to be more active. From long walks to playing in the garden with them – they are bound to enjoy fresh air and exercise looking after the dog!