For many, having a pet is a wonderful memory they have from their childhood that also helps prepare them to be responsible and provides companionship for youngsters. Pets are beneficial for a child’s health as they can help to reduce allergy symptoms and also lower a child’s blood pressure. Pets can also reduce feelings of shyness and social anxiety in children and also help them learn how to love and how to share. As you can see, if your child does not already have a pet, there are a myriad of reasons why they make a great addition to your family and we’ve got five tips that can get help you teach your child how to properly care for their new pets:
Establish some daily chores. There are a lot of parents who are hesitant to get a pet simply because they feel that they are going to be the only ones taking care of it. But remember, getting a pet for your child is not just about them having something to play with. Again, it’s about teaching them how to be responsible too. That’s why, before even bring a pet home, you should talk to your child about the ways that you desire for them to contribute to caring for it. The chores will depend upon their age, but whether it’s putting water in the bowl or going walking with you each evening, make sure they know that you expect them to do some things to help in caring for the pet.
Also establish some clear rules. Something else that you’re definitely going to need to do is some establish some rules. Ones like them not taking the pet outside without your permission and not allowing the pet to be in certain rooms or on certain types of furniture (if you don’t want them to be). Jotting some of these rules down and hanging them up in your child’s room (at least until they can get used to the pet being around) will be helpful for them.
Reward your child for following through. When you’re training a pet, a part of the process is rewarding them for doing what you asked. And actually, when teaching a child about how to care for a pet, a similar approach should apply. Your child needs to know when they’ve done a good job taking care of their pet. Therefore, make sure that you find some way to celebrate their efforts in doing so.
Participate in feeding and playing with the pet. If you were to ask a dog training company for some pet care tips as it directly relates to teaching your child how to take care of their pet, something that they would probably encourage you to do is participate in what you’re showing your child to do; at least until they get the hang of it. Children learn the easiest by illustration, after all.
Encourage your child to ask questions. Sometimes we make the mistake of focusing so much on giving instructions that we don’t even think to ask our child if they have any questions or even comments about what we’ve said. You want to make sure that your child is clear and not confused about what you’re conveying to them, so definitely encourage them to ask you whatever it is that they need to know about caring for the pet. If you do this, along with the other four tips, you, your child and your pet will be happy for years to come.