Ask Away...: Preparing Your Child For Their First Pet (And Vice Versa)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Preparing Your Child For Their First Pet (And Vice Versa)

A child’s first pet is a special thing. If you still remember your childhood days and the very first dog, cat or even fish your family bought then you’ll remember how amazing that feeling was. As a parent, it’s also likely very exciting for you to see that look of glee and impatience in your child’s eyes as they wait for their new buddy to enter the household. However, it’s important that you’re all prepared for this change in your lifestyles. Some pets are more difficult to handle than others, of course, but some degree of planning is needed both for you and your child in order to ensure this transition is smooth and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help prepare your child for their first pet and your pet for their first child.

Prepare the house.
This is for everybody’s benefit, but it’s very important that your house is ready for the arrival of your new pet. No matter how well trained this creature is or may be once you’ve taught him or her some tricks, they are still an animal, and they will still do things they shouldn’t do from time to time. They’re much like a kid, in many ways.

In order to prepare your child for the arrival of your new fluffy friend, you should not only secure cupboards and put certain kinds of food out of reach in the kitchen but also teach your kid about these things as you go along so that they know what their new pet can and can’t eat or do. You don’t want your child to accidentally feed the dog some chocolate because they didn’t know it could be poisonous to other animals.

Help your child name their new buddy.
This is such an important part of getting a new pet, as the name is what helps connect your child with the new addition to the family; it helps to solidify in their mind that this creature is a real and valued member of your home. Helping them name the pet might be fun or it might be stressful. If you want to add a little culture to the naming process and you’ve bought your child a pony or a horse, you could check out this article for indian horse names and their meanings. There are also great sites out there which provide naming suggestions for pets such as cats and dogs. You have a wealth of resources at your fingertips if you’re stuck for ideas.

Of course, there’s every chance that your child won’t want to put that much thought into the naming process. At the end of the day, if your little one decides to call their new bunny ‘Fluffball’ or their new dog ‘Drooler’ then there’s very little you can do to stop that name sticking. You’ll just have to hide your embarrassment when you introduce your new family addition to guests, as well as endlessly explaining to people that it wasn’t your decision to name the name cat ‘Scratchy’ and he doesn’t scratch.

Give the pet a safe area.
There’s every chance that your child will actually prove too much for your new pet. They’ll likely be so excited by their new animal companion that they might smother him or her with too much love and affection. It’s important that you create a form of chill out zone for your new family member so that they can relax and unwind after a few hours of being cuddled excessively.

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