The benefits of adopting a dog when you have kids, and what house rules you must have according to veterinarians[/caption]
Benefit #2: Teaching kids responsibility
As we search for ways to teach our kids lessons in responsibility, adopting a dog may be the perfect solution. Looking after their own furry friend may not only bring them immense amounts of joy but also teaches them the importance of looking after something, through the encouragement of feeding them and loving them.
Benefit #3: A loyal companion
Adopted dogs latch onto their owners as they see them as their new home, far from the troubles they have faced until they found their new loving family. In adopting one, you will gain a new loyal companion that will look after you and your children through thick and thin. The calm and quiet nature of older dogs is also an incredible reason to steer away from adopting a puppy and welcoming one that is often overlooked in the shelter because of its age.
House rule #1: Do not disturb
The saying “let sleeping dogs lie” is not just one used for fun. It actually holds a lot of truth when it comes to your new furry friend. It is important that you implement a rule where your kids are not allowed to disturb the dog especially when eating or sleeping.
House rule #2: No jumping
If you have little kids, then the last thing you’d want is an excitable new companion jumping up at them and potentially hurting them. Furthermore, guests will not be so fond of a dog rubbing their dirty paws on their clothing. Encourage your dogs to never jump up when you are adopting with children.
House rule #3: Never yell or hit
Teach your children to never yell or hit your adopted dog as you want your kids to learn to respect animals and the lives of other creatures. You should always find alternative ways of disciplining your new doggy or rewarding good behavior instead.
With these handy tips in check, you can safely and comfortably adopt a new dog who will fit seamlessly into your happy family.