Many kids begin asking for their first puppy as soon as they can talk. Are you asking yourself whether you'd be crazy to add a puppy to your family? Kids and puppies can mix -- under the right circumstances. If you're ready for the commitment, keep reading to learn to how to have a happy and safe household for your children and your new pet.Read Full Story
The day has finally come when you will add a new member to your family -- not a little brother or sister, but a dog. But before that first meeting happens, it's important to prep everyone with instructions on how to help your new puppy or adult dog fit in. The key is making sure everyone is ready to help with training from the beginning.Read Full Story
For all the affection that kids often have for animals, they need to learn that not all animals are pets. That chipmunk may be the cutest thing your daughter has ever seen, but trying to chase it and touch it is really not okay. Helping your child understand the difference between domesticated and wild animals is important - for animals and for your child.Read Full Story
Begging to bring home a new pet may be a childhood norm, but having some fear of animals or pets is also rather normal for kids. Whether from inexperience or a specific event, some kids are afraid of certain animals in a way that impedes interaction with friends and family. Helping your child move beyond such fears - or at least learn how to manage them effectively - can be a little tricky.Read Full Story
It's almost a rite of passage for children to want a pet. Whether it's a cute kitten or a cuddly puppy, the desire to have a furry friend all their own is normal and expected - and it often happens whether or not there is already a pet in the family, or even whether the parents are open to a dog or a cat. Whether or not you consider yourself a "pet person," pets can play an important role in teaching kids about responsibility, empathy, love...and they are just plain fun.Read Full Story
While Lassie and Lady and the Tramp are fun to watch, they're probably not the best way to choose a dog for your kid. So how do you go about picking a pup from among all the different breeds out there? A good rule of thumb is to choose a breed by its disposition, temperament, size and energy level — all of which should suit your family's lifestyle. We present 10 dogs that are especially suitable for kids.Read Full Story
As Americans listened intently to Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech on Election Day, one item in particular resonated with so many of us. Well, several items, but here's one which stood out in particular: puppies! Sasha and Malia are in for a treat as their newest addition to the Obama family accompanies them to the White House. When it comes to selecting a pooch for your own family, however, there are important puppylicious guidelines to follow.Read Full Story
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