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Pets for Children

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Soumya
1 to 3 years

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Updated on May 28, 2014

Hi all,   I am blessed with a 3 year old son and 6 months old daughter. my concern is to know which is the right age to adopt pets at home for my kids.

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Parentune Support

| Jun 03, 2014

Hi Soumya, you may refer to this blog- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/when-is-a-child-ready-for-a-pet/158

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Anurima

| Jun 01, 2014

Dear Soumya, great thought! Dogs make a great friend & companion to the entire family. You may get your child a pet at any age, but if you are looking at giving your child the responsibility of the pet, then you may need to wait till your child is at least 6 years old. Once they are a little older, they can brush the pet's fur, give him/her food & water, play responsibly with him/her and go out for a walk with the pet (with an adult of course). We had a dog before my children were born (now 5 years and 2 years) and I can say that it took them time to understand that out pet gets hurt, that he has feelings and that they cant knock him over with the bicycle! This is my point of view with regards to the things to watch out for before adopting a pet. The suggestions made by Nitin are really important for the well being of a pet. Good luck. Do let us know which breed you get home :)

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nitin

| May 29, 2014

Hi Soumya! It's proven by research that children who grow up with pets, especially dogs have a more all rounded approacha nd perspective including qualities of compassion, empathy, care for others, responsibility and kinship. Great to notice that you are considering this actively. A good age to adopt a dog is when your child is able to speak, and if possible walk... though not mandatory as such. More than this, it is perhaps important to consider the breed and the designated caretaker for the dog. It's important that you take into consideration the important fact that raising a puppy would be as engrossing as raising a child.... so asssess that foremost. If that is in place, only then go ahead on adopting a pet. Next, you may consider the house space, outdoor/open space too while choosing the breed. Labradores are able to adjust even in flats, where as the large breeds like german shepherd, great danes need some open space. A pet is perhaps the best gift we could give our child.

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