Friday, April 26, 2019

National Kids & Pets Day 2019

   Today is National Kids and Pets Day! If you have one, I hope you have the other. There is increasing evidence that household pets might have a major influence on child development as well as a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being.
The important thing to remember is that your child must be taught how to treat a pet. It doesn’t matter if it is a dog, cat, hamster, bird, or fish, you must lead by example and actually show your child how to treat the pet. Here are a few tips to help.

Teach Your Child
• NEVER allow your child to hit, tease or climb on your dog or cat. It is never funny. It is also not the time to take pictures or video. It is a teaching moment and you must react immediately!
• Most dogs and cats don’t like humans in their face. Teach your child to give the pet their personal space.

• When an animal is eating, do not allow your child to disturb them. 
• Ears and tails are very tempting to toddlers. This is a definite “no-no.”
• Never allow your child to approach an unfamiliar dog. It is important to keep a safe distance and ask permission from the owner.
Your Dog or Cat
• If you are expecting a baby, let your pet explore the nursery. When your bundle of joy arrives, you can bring a blanket with its scent on it for the dog or cat to smell. It will help them accept the new arrival.
• You know your pet’s temperament better than anyone, so you know their limits. Always remember that they no matter how much we love them and consider them family; they are animals and will react when pain is being inflicted on them.
   There is nothing more wonderful than the bond between a child and their pet. If you ask most adults about their childhood pet, you see their eyes light up at the memory. The relationship between a child and their pet can be amazing as long as you supervise both of them as they grow up together.
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  1. I'm thankful that I had the chance to grow up with dogs and cats and horses and farm animals... every kid should get this chance, it helps to become a much better adult ;O)

  2. So should momma get me a human pet, BOL??

  3. Very good things to remember ... thanks for sharing!

  4. We only do pets at our house, but we know you boys enjoy the grand girls :) Happy weekend!

  5. My grown children will always have pets. For a while I thought my only grandchildren would be furry.

  6. I didn't grow up with pets, but most of my nieces and nephews did. I will have furry friends with me for the rest of my life.

  7. We had pet rats, guinea pigs, birds and lizards before we got our first dog, a miniature poodle named Suzette when I was a youngster
    PugRanch Mom

  8. I 1000% agree if you have one child/pet you need the other.
    We adopted Toto the mighty mini Dachshund when our daughter was almost 3.
    We had him almost 11 years and Milky-way our first cat 14 1/2. She grew up learning so much from each one. She has had at total of 4 cats as an adult.
    I loved your photos
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. There's not much sweeter image than that of a little kidlet with their favorite pup. Too cute.

  10. Grew up in a houseful of pets. All different species. I feel sorry for children who don't have that experience....

  11. Great post ! Kids learn so much with pets ! Purrs

  12. those are great tips. I wish every parent was good about teaching their children how to act around pets.

  13. It is good for kids to learn to respect animals when young.

  14. We only have the four-legged kinds of kids here, but we love this post. Such important stuff!


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