Child and Pets – Teach the baby to take care of four-legged friend
The education of the child – the process is quite complicated. Maximum attention needs to paid to details that new parents face every day, as the baby grows. The presence in the house Pets also has a significant influence on the development of the little man. However, many parents underestimate the experience, considering that Pets cause only trouble and do not affect the child’s personality development and it skills. Meanwhile, it is absolutely not true. Caring for four-legged friend teaches the child kindness toward the weak, develops a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, also helps to effectively deal with stress.
Many children reach a certain age, they ask to buy them a cat or dog. But buying a pet is needed only if you are sure that they can handle it. You need to consider a lot of factors – the availability of free space, conditions, future plans, opinion of other family members. From the same set of factors determined the selection of the pet. It is obvious that the dog will require more attention, time and skills. Cats – animals are more independent. Birds require good care and “apartments” (cells) of sufficient size. If there is no time and opportunity for a large animal, it is possible to have an aquarium, etc.
In those families which have kept Pets before the appearance of the child, and continue to be with him, the kids even from a very early age learn to interact with the pet. Even two or three – year-old toddler can learn to feed the cat or dog. As they get older children who can cope with other worries about the Pets. If you are just acquiring a pet to teach a toddler to care for him have zero. It will help these simple tips.
1. First of all think carefully about.
Important! Never buy a pet for a child solely on his personal request and not load immediately the entire burden of responsibility. Can always happen that the child will not cope, the animal will disturb you, other family members and accordingly will be on the street. The contents of a pet is a difficult and responsible step. Make the decision need only careful deliberation.
If you’re confident, then be confident in the child. Tell your child about the features of various animals. Most children ask for specific pet – dog, cat, hamster. Tell us about responsibility. It is important not to intimidate the kid, but to explain what and why you need – why walk the dog, what and how to feed the cat, why hamsters should eat it with grain and grass, and the like. Better if the kid already has an idea about the different types of animals and their features. Buy him children’s books and encyclopedia of the animal world. If the child is ready and agrees, unable to go in search of a new friend.
2. The acquisition of a pet
Buy animal better at the pet store. Dog or cat sold by the breeder, and to take shelter. Modern shelters are well equipped and maintained by enthusiasts, free of charge help in distress to the animals. All animals caught in a shelter or administered by public funds, be sure to visit a vet, pass inspection, treatment, vetebrate, because they are absolutely not dangerous neither for you nor for the baby. Also, taking the pet to the shelter (especially with your child), you are teaching him compassion and care.
In addition to the Pets we buy all the necessary supplies – bowls, leashes, cages, feeders, etc. it all depends on what animal you shift into. For cats and dogs will need to allocate a separate place in the apartment where the animal will sleep, eat, to celebrate natural needs. Explain to your child why you don’t disturb the beast in its place, making food, etc.
3. Begin to care
Even before the appearance of the animal in the house, explain to your child that he will need to do (feed, walk, etc.). Let them know that the responsibility will be on it, but you will be able to help if he can’t handle it. Cat or dog upon arrival at the new house the first time can deliver some trouble. This is due to the process of adjusting to life in a new place. Animal also need to train and educate interaction with you, with the new living space. In any case, do not scold and do not blame the child that the kitten or the puppy made a puddle on the carpet or in your favorite Slippers. Take some time to teach the animal to behave and to cope with all their needs in a designated order.
Determine the time for key activities for care of pet in accordance with its needs. If the baby is restless, ill-versed, together make up the hours at and attach in a prominent place. Place the food for the livestock for the child. Explain how and how much to feed etc. If you bought a dog, and the child is too young to let him go for a walk alone is not recommended. Even if you have a calm dog, always might happen some unforeseen circumstances with which the child can not cope (attack other dogs, conflicts with adults, etc.). Younger students and older can already walk the dog yourself.
4. Accumulating knowledge and experience
Immediately after the appearance of the animal in the house, explain to your child how to properly interact with it, how to transfer, what to do, what not, what his actions may be unpleasant pet and why. You cannot allow the child to beat or punish the animal. Explain the basics of dog training and why it needs to be systemic, consistent and without violence. If you do not have sufficient knowledge of these skills, you have to first prepare yourself, read special books, talk with friends and acquaintances who already have animals.
You can’t punish the child if he forgot something (feed, clean, out for a walk). Better explain why this can not be done (the animal will remain hungry, filthy apartment, etc.). Over time, both the child and the animal will get used to a certain routine so that the trouble to care will become virtually invisible.
5. Develop together
In the process of interaction between the child and the animal does not need to be limited only to fulfilling the needs of the pet. It is possible (and necessary) to chat, play, do sports (if it is a dog), etc. the Baby is older can be charged training. The main thing is not to force the child, all contact with the pet should be only joy.
Buying baby four-legged friend, you, as parent, is required not less responsibility and skills to teach them to interact with each other. Be consistent, not konfliktuete, comprehensive approach to solving problems. Only if you behave properly, appropriately and wisely, your baby will grow into a kind, caring and open world.