Tips on Choosing a Family Pet

 Choosing a Family Pet

Parents are often asked by their children about the possibility of a family pet. In some cases, a family pet is not permitted due to rental conditions and/or health issues. Some parents also choose to not have pets because of the additional financial burden that comes with pet ownership. However, in spite of this, there are many benefits of pet ownership. Here are some tips on choosing a family pet.

Research– The first thing to do before choosing a pet for your family is to do some research into some animal choices. Think about their lifespan, overall health, cost of food, licensing, and veterinarian care, before deciding on a pet.

Temperament– The temperament of an animal is important. Choose one that is a companion and easy to care for. You certainly would not want to have an animal that is likeable, lovable, but has a bad temperament that could flare up at any time.

Maintenance– If you are a stay at home parent who works from home, choose a pet that everyone will love and enjoy. There are some high maintenance breeds of dogs, such as a Jack Russell, who can be trained to your liking and might make a good pet. However, this breed is high maintenance that often gets stressed and needs extensive training to learn how to cope within the family unit. There is no sense getting a high maintenance breed if you do not have the time and inclination to train it properly. Choose a breed of animal that is passive, lovable, and can be trained without causing much disturbance to your household.

Care– Caring for your pet is vital to its health and happiness. If your budget cannot afford huge veterinarian bills, vaccines, medicines, food, toys, and other accessories, that is no reason to say no to having a pet. Small animals such as a hamster or guinea pig make lovely pets, which can be accustomed to you and your kids and are trainable to a degree.

These are just a few things to ponder when deciding on whether or not to introduce a pet to your family. Although the idea of having a pet in your household may seem to be something that you might not like, having a pet in the family will teach your child or children about responsibilities as well as rewards.

Pets are loving creatures and come in all shapes, types, and sizes. Although they cannot speak in our language, they can surely brighten our day with their style of love and affection. Pets are a wonderful addition to any home; they offer companionship, and unconditional love.

Do you have a pet? What type of pet do you have?

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  1. Amanda @ Erickson and Co says

    We got our house dog from the pound. She is the most well behaved dog i’ve ever seen. And she is great with our toddler. I always recommend people check out their local animal shelters before buying an animal from a breeder.

  2. says

    These are great things to think about before adopting a pet. In the past I didn’t consider everything. Each breed has their own personality traits so it’s a good thing to do lots of research. I love this show called Dog 101 on Animal Planet, it helps me figure out the right dog for my personality and lifestyle. No pets yet but soon.

  3. Virginia Stone says

    My husband and I are owned by two beautiful felines. One is named BUFF. He looks like a mountain lion, buff colored, hence is name. Our beauty, GIOVANNA, is a black and white female, who has an incredible vertical leap that defies gravity. Both of them constantly amaze us.

  4. says

    We have four pets, one of which is a nightmare when it comes to training but has the best personality which saves him a lot. We have tried trainers and schools and he will still not learn to go potty outside – thank goodness for diapers.

  5. says

    We have 3 dogs and since we had small kids, we definitely looked for family friendly breeds when making our decision. All of our dogs are well tempered and put up with a lot from our kids lol.

  6. says

    The most important thing about getting a pet is making sure you’ll be able to take care of them, it’s never good to neglect them. I’ve got a dog and three cats, things can get a bit crazy; but I love them.

  7. says

    Great tips! We currently have three cats and two foster cats. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have pets!

  8. says

    I think it is really important for potential pet owners to be fully aware of the responsibility that it takes to care of a pet. Many people underestimate all that is involved.

  9. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    Pets are wonderful but they are a huge responsibility and sometimes people don’t understand that before they get them. I also advocate looking for a rescue pet first. We have a rescue dog and cat that are the sweetest and best-behaved pets ever.

  10. says

    I must admit pet’s temperament should be considered before owning a family pet. Especially pets who comes from rescue, they should be treated a little extra care. A little understanding on how pets behave or act the way they do can go a long way and might help us deal with their everyday lives.

  11. says

    Those are some really great tips! Having pets is like having a children that will never leave the house. Pets are family members that depends solely on its owner for survival. They need lots of loving and care.

  12. says

    I can’t stress enough the importance of doing your research! If a pet wouldn’t be a good match for your family, it’s best to move on to another – no matter how cute they are!

  13. says

    My dog Rufus has quite the temperament. He is a sweet dog but just doesn’t quite understand how to be a dog. We wouldn’t trade him for the world though. Thanks for the great information

  14. says

    Before the kids, hubby and I did animal rescue as well as foster/rehabilitation. We had to quit doing that when I could no longer emotionally part with one of the dogs and she took up the last slot allowed by the county. (Los Angeles only allowed 3 dogs). The last of the three passed a few years ago and our 11 year old daughter just got a bird. Having pets is a huge commitment that many parents don’t think of. Thanks for pointing out these important details!

  15. says

    All great advice points – we have both a dog and a cat, and my husband and I are both kind of at the point of agreeing that we likely won’t get another dog when ours eventually passes on. Not that we don’t love him now!

  16. Julie Wood says

    It is always a good idea to research and check out a pet that you are getting for the family. Asking yourself, if I want a very active dog or a dog that is more passive. I have a basset hound and he likes to exercise and get outside, but he also likes to just lay around.

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