The Secret To Choosing A Dog For Your Child

Many children love dogs.  Movies such as 101 Dalmatians, Beethoven, and Lady and the Tramp can leave children wanting a dog.  It’s often a dream of families to have the Lassie/Timmy bond between child and family pet.  We can talk about whether or not these are realistic dreams, but that is not the point of this post.  Instead, let’s focus on the first secret to choosing the best dog for your child.

Kids and Dogs Can Be A Good Combination

Here is simple advice to choosing a dog for a family with children:  Choose the dog the mom wants.  It’s a simple start.  And it’s my one non-negotiable point in choosing a dog.

Perhaps you are now thinking, “But I don’t want a dog.”  Yep…then that’s the dog to get..none.  Because the reality is that no matter how much you want that Timmy/Lassie relationship, if the adults in the house don’t want the dog, it will rarely work out well.

Don’t get a dog for your child.  Get a dog because you really want a dog, and then let your child partner with you in raising your dog.

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4 thoughts on “The Secret To Choosing A Dog For Your Child

  1. I really didn’t find this post useful in the least bit. I was looking for pointers on how to identify traits or breeds that are good with children when all you really say is “don’t get a dog unless you want one”. Duh. Most people realize kids aren’t really going to take care of a dog. I found this just condescending and a bit of a tease.

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