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Dogs and Children

Bringing home an appropriate canine playmate starts with doing your homework.

Bringing home an appropriate canine playmate starts with doing your homework.

Have you been asking yourself, “Should we get our children a dog?” First determine if you want one. Few children handle sole responsibility in caring for a dog, which leaves much of it for parents. Further considerations include:

1. Children with dogs need supervision until they understand how to treat a dog kindly. At what age does that occur? No one answer exists; your 7-year-old may be more mature than the neighbor’s 11-year-old.

2. Research, then buy or adopt a breed or mix of breeds generally regarded as good with children that suits your particular child — quiet companion for a mellow child, playful type for a more active kid.

3. Young puppies take lots of time to raise well. An even-tempered 1-year-old or older dog with a known affinity for children bypasses the puppy antics stage and forms an equally strong family bond.

4. Male or female doesn’t matter; a good dog is a good dog.

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