By Nancy Cope
Getting your children involved in caring for your dog is good for both of them.
It will allow your child more opportunities to bond with your dog and it will teach your child responsibility.
Consider the age of your child to determine what tasks are most appropriate.
Create a Chart
Charting out dog related chores can be very helpful. Your child can simply check off chores as he does them.
You could assign a point system to the chart, and have a dog-friendly outing when enough points are accrued.
A chart is also wonderful because it serves as a visual reminder of the work your child has done, and provides a sense of accomplishment.
Make it Fun
Don’t just make your child do the hard chores like doggy poo retrieval; include fun things on the list as well.
Make fetch a chore for the day, or include a trip to the park. Exercise is vital both for growing children and for energetic dogs.
If your child can handle your dog on a leash, ask him or her to take the dog on a daily walk. When you include fun activities, both your dog and child will enjoy each other’s company more.
Set an Example
Ultimately the way your child treats future pets will largely be based off of your actions. Set a good example for your child to follow by never losing your temper with your dog and by consistently providing good care.
A dog is a companion for life, and the more children learn that lesson early on the less problem we will have with unwanted pets.
Children and dogs can be the best of friends with a little encouragement. Have fun watching that special bond form, and feel proud for helping to shape such an admirable child.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.