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Why Parents Should Consider Giving Their Children a Pet

If you're a mean (read: practical) mom who is on the fence about getting your kids a pet no matter how much they plead, this clip may sway your decision. Its cute factor overshadows the fact that you will likely be the one to tend to the dog no matter how many times your husband and children promise they will walk and feed the family's best friend. But watching the bond develop between kids and their pets is priceless, as evidenced by this Sheltie and baby.

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runningesq runningesq 7 years
Make sure you get a dog for the FAMILY -- not for the child - as a way to "teach the child responsibility." Cats and dogs are wonderful, but the responsibility for care often falls to the parents (as it should!). We have three adult cats, and I'm curious to see how they'll react to the baby in October. Of course we won't leave the baby unattended with the cats, but I don't think we'll have a problem. Children - when they're older - need to be taught to "be gentle" and to "leave kitty alone when she hisses." People have asked me if I'm "getting rid of my cats" now that I'm pregnant! Of course not !
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
That clip was too cute! I wonder if my dogs would like a baby to play with.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
Man, I am really pregnant, because this clip brought tears to my eyes. We have a 2-yr old goldendoodle and I'm really excited to see how our little one on the way and our pooch bond. I think he's going to love having a kid to play with and lick up and down!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
This video is so cute!! I'm lucky that my parents always had pets around from the time I was born. I think that raising kids around animals teaches them to have compassion for all living things and makes them grow up to be nicer people in general. Also, the people I know who weren't raised around pets generally grew up to have an irrational fear of animals. However, having dogs weighing 10 lbs or less is not recommended if people have young children because little kids don't know how to be gentle and may end up hurting them, which can cause the dogs to get defensive. I agree that pets are a lot of work, though, and would either adopt a puppy before having kids or after kids are a little older - it would be really difficult to train a puppy while having a baby or toddler around.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
thats why you teach them to be gentle! I wouldn't reccommend a dog without a large backyard though, because its just too hard to take them for walks when you have children. They need the yard to be let out to potty, and to run around and have fun. I have LOTS of videos like this with my daughter and our animals - 2 adult male cats, and various dogs from pup to adult (we lost several young to cancer). We now have two adult female dogs, and a kitten, and to be honest, i worry more about the animals being hurt by HER then them hurting her. She's learning to be gentle. Bottom line - if you want pets, get them. But don't get them FOR your kids.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
The cuteness is great and all for a 2 minute clip but if I could redo things I wouldn't get a dog until my kids were 10 and could help out more. Dogs are a major commitment and need to be walked constantly and need lots of exercise and attention. Very tough to do with a toddler or infant.
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