When kids start talking about their future family dog, you know it’s time to plan something special. Surprise your child with a puppy of their own, pairing them with a dog they will love! There are so many benefits to having a dog in your home, from fun playtime together to a loyal friend who will be there for them in good times and bad. While most kids love puppies, some may be hesitant. Ensure your child knows what to expect from a dog before bringing one home.
Make Sure You’re Ready
Choosing the right dog for your family is a big responsibility. You have to be prepared to take on a new addition, whether that’s crate training, walking, providing vet care, house training, barking, or various other possibilities. Get ready to fill out plenty of adoption paperwork and set aside time for socialization. If you rent, ensure your place allows for dogs. Make sure your home meets the minimum requirements for dog ownership. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready, you may want to wait. Fostering is another option that can help you learn if you or your kids are prepared for a dog.
Choose a Puppy
There are many things to consider when choosing a puppy. Are you looking for a dog who will fit your current and future family well? How about a dog who will be a good fit for your home and lifestyle? Consider what your indoor and outdoor living spaces look like and try to match that with a set of breeds to narrow down your choice. The best way to figure all this out is to meet the dogs available through rescue or your local dog club.
How to Surprise Kids With a Puppy
Planning a surprise encounter with a puppy doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some options:
- The classic puppy-in-a-box. Before your pickup date, spend some time crafting a box large enough to fit your puppy-sized package. Use bright colors, so your kids know it’s a gift. Have someone watch after your kids at home while you pick up the puppy from the shelter or breeder. Before you go inside your home, allow the puppy some leashed exploration time to adjust to the new house. When the puppy is calm, gently place it inside the box and walk inside. Call your kids over and reveal the surprise new family member!
- Take the kids with you on the pickup day! There’s nothing wrong with taking the kids with you so the puppy can meet the whole family. This is a stressful time for the puppy as it will be taken away from its mother.
Having a dog in the house is a great thing! They provide companionship and protection, and they’re great for teaching kids about responsibility and caring for something larger than themselves. Whether you get a puppy or a more mature dog, you should remember a few things. Make sure to get yourself prepared to take on a new addition and get your house ready for a dog. Plan and make arrangements for moving furniture and other things around that may be a hassle for a dog’s thick fur.