For most parents, they’d love to get their kids a dog, but they know it’s a responsibility and not a play thing. You are probably one of those parents, and that’s why you here.
So, what age should a child get to own a dog Is my child responsible enough to take care of a dog
In this article, we are going to explore the answers to these question.
The Responsibility Issue
When it comes to your child’s level of responsibility, here is the first thing that you should know…
The sense of responsibility is rarely linked to age.
In fact, there are 20-year-olds out there who are more irresponsible than 10-year-olds who are trying their best to pitch in for the family.
With this in mind, it’s best that you don’t define the issue because of the age of your child. Instead, you should assess if your child is already responsible enough for a dog. Here are a couple of guidelines.
If your child does not have chores, heshe is probably not ready for a dog.
If you child can’t complete tasks on hisher own, then heshe might not be ready for a dog.
If heshe still reverts to crying to get what heshe wants, then maybe a dog is not yet a good idea.
If heshe is not aware of dates or time, then heshe won’t be responsible enough to feed the dog at certain times.
If your child is not yeat able to communicate needs or emotions, then heshe is probably not ready for a dog.
What To Do
Of course, these are just factors that you can develop. So, you can start developing your child’s responsibility right now. How you do that, that’s up to you. Every parent has a different view on what is responsibility.
In fact, you can even just get your child started with a bit of responsibility. Then, you can have the dog, and make sure that your child is able to follow through. On the upside, a dog can tremendously help with your child’s responsibility development.