Lifestyle - Pets | 1-12 yrs

Introducing Pets To Children


“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Who does not love returning home after a tiring day’s work to be greeted with joyful barks, wet tongues and wagging tails? Yes, we are talking about pets – those furry, four-legged creatures that make our existence on earth more joyful.

Most households have pets – be it a dog, a cat, a fish, a bird or sometimes more exotic ones like tortoises, rabbits and the like. If you still don’t have a pet at home and plan to own one soon, you might wonder what is the best way to introduce the pet to your children. Don’t worry. Here’s some help for you.

According to an article published in, parents wonder at the right time to add a pet to the family. The article lists 5 tips to introduce pets to children, that include:

  • Putting emphasis on pet selection: Small animals and fish are traditionally safe choices for children. A pet should not exhibit aggressive behaviour.
  • Children should be taught to be gentle and not pat or squeeze a pet hard.
  • Children should be involved in pet care – feeding, bathing, grooming and walking the pet.

It is very important that children understand pets too have their own private space which no one should intrude. says children should be taught that dogs have zones of space that should be respected.

Pets can be a source of happiness and an outlet for releasing stress provided some rules are followed. Want to know more about other such tips? Please go ahead and click through the pages of this ClipBook.

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