Exposing children to animals by giving them pets to care for can aid in developing their nurturing instincts. However, developing pet allergies can hinder the healthy bond between your children and their pets. Fortunately, some pets are suitable for children with pet allergies. Choose the best type of allergen-free animal for your children and allay your pet allergy phobias.
Dog owners have long battled the problem of lingering pet odors in their home. While you might keep your pooch bathed and groomed, accidents and built-up odors over time still tend to leave behind that telltale dog scent. Help keep your home pet-odor free by using natural products that won't harm your pet or the environment.
In a moment of weakness, you've given in to what seems like the millionth request from your kids to get a dog. Now that you've made the promise, you need to do some research about dogs because some breeds are better for children than others. No matter which breed you select, you should always supervise dogs and young children when they are together.
For many children, receiving a puppy is a dream come true. When given the task of actually taking care of this living thing, however, they fail. If you are planning to add a new four-legged member to your family, use this opportunity to give your kid a lesson in responsibility. Prepare your kid to help care for your new pup.
My daughter Ava and I have started a new tradition: every once in a while, we like to visit the kitties at the Humane Society. My girlfriends think I'm crazy. "Doesn't it break your heart?" they ask. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it doesn't. I see the cats lounging in their semi-private studio apartments with wall-to-wall blanketing. Sure, they're imprisoned, but this is hardly San Quentin. Bleeding hearts ask how I can resist bringing one home.
Finding the best breed of bird for a child is not as important as determining whether your child is the type who would like a bird as a pet in the first place. Birds are sensitive and need caretakers who understand their ways. Most kids younger than 12 are probably not mature enough to understand the needs of a pet bird to care for it properly. There are always exceptions, though, and some kids are great with pet birds.
He is your best friend and a member of your family. He deserves a fabulous soiree for his birthday just as much as anyone else in your life. On his birthday, you can have a get-together with both his people and canine buddies. Treat him to a memorable party that is safe and fun for everyone.
I thought I had it all pretty well organized until I became a new mommy again. In the picture with me is Velvet, a female, 4-month-old, German shepherd. We also have another dog, Thunder Sky, (same middle name as Sierra, she named him), Velvet’s brother. They arrived from Germany 2 months ago and spent 6 weeks with a trainer learning some manners before I brought them home. (Mandatory!) So far, so good. I was totally laughing with the trainers when they began to describe the plan; how important discipline is and, most of all, the power of consistency.
Do you sleep with your pet? Well, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of all dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. Additionally, 62% of cats also sleep with their owners. What could be better than curling up next to your furry little friend and being gently awakened in the morning by a little nuzzle? For many pet owners, few things in life can top this feeling. But, is sleeping with your pet a good idea or not?
Kids and dogs often form a strong bond, but there are several considerations before running off to pick up your new puppy. Choosing a pup that matches your family's needs increases the chances of the new pet working out long-term. The type of dog also affects safety, both for your kids and the dog. A tiny dog with rough children could get injured, while a large, aggressive dog could harm your child. Here are eight factors to consider when shopping for a puppy!