Every parent once thinks about such a great gift for their child as an animal. However, in order to choose a dog that will meet the needs of the family, you need to consider some factors.
Age of child
Doctors advise getting the first pet after the child reaches the age of 10 years. However, with proper control and compliance with safety requirements, it is possible to buy a dog for younger children.
Before such an important step, you should make sure that the child understands how to care for the animal, what needs the dog has. It is necessary to tell the child about feeding, walking and cleaning. In addition, it is important to explain that the dog is a member of the family, so it must be treated with respect and kindness.
Meanwhile, if you buy a dog at a young age or a puppy, then you need to consider that she will need much more attention and preparation. If the family does not have the time, opportunity or energy to raise the animal on their own, then an older dog, at the age of 2 years, can be chosen. At this time, they, as a rule, have already been trained in all the basic commands.
If someone in the house is allergic to the hair of any pets, then it is worth considering buying a dog of a hypoallergenic breed. In addition, it is important to make sure that the animal is tolerant of children.
Hypoallergenic dog breeds are: Schnauzer, Affen Pinscher, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frize, Miniature Spitz, Chinese Crested Dog, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Poodle, Samoyed, American Hairless Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, etc.
Next, you need to assess the level of activity of your family. That is, if parents with children are physically active and moderately energetic, then you should choose a dog that also needs exercise (for example, shepherd dogs). If the family leads a sedentary lifestyle, then you can purchase one of the indoor dogs.
Before you complete a deal with a breeder and buy a dog, it is very important to conduct an examination of the animal. It is necessary not only to make sure of his health, but also to assess how the dog suits the family in terms of temperament.
- Before you buy a dog, you need to find out about the costs associated with its content. Food, veterinarian, clothing and accessories - this is what the animal will need for a comfortable life;
- If the choice fell on a large and active dog, then you should prepare for its training in advance;
- Psychologists advise gradually accustoming children to caring for pets. Starting at age 5, they can help care for guinea pigs, fish, or hamsters. At an older age, they will easily cope with the care of the dog;
- It is important to never leave your dog alone with small children, as they can unwittingly cause aggression in the animal, which will lead to injury.
Thus, by competently approaching the process of choosing a dog, the family can get an affectionate and devoted pet and protector.