Use Basic Guidelines While Buying Puppy for Kids
The American Animal Hospital Association has come up with a study that points to a fact already acknowledged. It is the parents primarily who
are the caretakers of the pet they desire to buy for the child. This makes the all imperative question of following a standard set of guidelines necessary while buying a puppy for the child.
If you follow certain basic guidelines and set rules before the puppy becomes a part of the family, the transition of the puppy with the family will become a smooth affair. This will in turn give ample time to the kid too to be prepared for receiving their new friend in the family.
The price factor
The first thing that needs to be considered without fail is the price factor. A puppy can come for free or can cost a fortune depending upon the place you get the puppy from and the breed chosen. However, you need to consider other costs too in addition to the one time payment you make for buying the puppy.
Pet food is a costly affair to manage and to ensure that a healthy relationship ensures between the child and the puppy, the puppy needs to be fed with care. Consider the veterinary costs too that you will have to bear from time to time.
Having a specialized budget for the puppy beforehand will help you select a suitable puppy for the family and keep your youngster in a good mood all the time.
Prepare the puppy care schedule in advance
Before the puppy is brought home, ensure that the puppy care schedule is in place. Assign the task to someone older in the family and ensure that the child is consulted while preparing the puppy care schedule. The child might have something to add and if you pay attention to their needs, you will make the child happy. The integration of the puppy with the family will become smooth and you will notice that the child will be happy to spend time with the puppy.
Prepare a cozy home for the puppy
Before the puppy comes home, prepare a cozy home for the same. You can have a small cozy den in the corner of your kid’s room for the puppy. This will help the kid develop a passionate bond with the puppy as they will be able to spend quality time together.
As you are buying the puppy for your child, ensure that the puppy has been vaccinated as per the requirement and the age of the puppy. This will ensure that the child is safe in case the puppy bites the child someday. Take the puppy to a veterinarian the day it arrives in the family. This is to ensure that the puppy has been adequately vaccinated and is safe to be intermingled in the family.
Prepare the feeding schedule in advance
As you prepare to welcome the puppy in the family ensure that the puppy feeding schedule is prepared in advance. If the puppy is less than six months in age, it has to be fed three times a day. For a puppy between six to twelve months in age, the puppy has to be fed two times a day.
As you finalize the puppy to be taken home, ensure that adequate preparations have been made to feed the puppy. You will need to begin from day one with the feeding schedule and if you have a feeding schedule in hand, things will get easier to manage.
After a while you can ask the child to feed the puppy. This will help the child develop a genuine relationship with the puppy and fulfill the basic objective of making the child and puppy friendly with each other.
Setting up of activity zone
While you finalize the puppy to be adopted in the family, setting up a designated activity zone for the puppy needs to be ensured. This will minimize the confusion between the kid and the puppy and makes life easier to manage. Set a designated zone for the puppy as to where the puppy will be taken for the bathroom and where the puppy needs to be kept while no one is around for supervision.
Respect for the puppy
Ensure that the child is sensitive enough to the needs of the dog. Children, because of their young age, are arrogant enough at times that they pay little attention to things. Before the puppy comes home, ensure that the child has been trained enough to care for the puppy. Train the kid in holding the puppy with a smooth touch so that the puppy does not feel traumatized.
Follow the above guidelines and by the time the puppy arrives in the family, everyone including your child will be ready to welcome the puppy into the family.
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