Things to consider before buying a dog for your child
One of the first questions to ask is, “Is my child old enough to responsibly care for a dog?” A dog requires a significant amount of care, especially in the training stage. Has your child reached the developmental stage necessary to feed the dog regularly, clean up after the dog, and perform other basic tasks that are important to dog ownership? If not, that responsibility will fall on you.
This brings us to our second question. Do you have time to care for a dog? Properly caring for a dog may take as much time as caring for a child. There will be visits to the vet, vaccination shots, dog walks, keeping the dog bed clean, obedience training, etc. If you schedule is already full, can you responsibly bring a dog into the picture?
Do you have the financial resources to properly care for a dog? In addition to time investment, a well-cared-for dog will require a significant financial investment. There will be housing (possibly an outdoor dog kennel), vet visits, food, toys and treats, pet sitting, and other expenses that should be taken into consideration.
If you’ve been able to work through all of the above issues, then you’re ready to consider the reasons for buying a dog for your child.