Table of Contents
- Your Baby’s Gender: To Find Out or Not To Find Out
- Caffeine… or Caf-fiend?
- Helping Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling
- Your Words are Powerful
- Your Family Tree
- Your Baby’s Story
- What Teachers Wish They Could Say To Parents
- What Parents Wish They Could Say To Teachers
- Using TV and Video Games to Help your Kids Obey
- To Santa or Not To Santa?To Santa or Not To Santa?
- Thank You Cards
- Teaching Your Kids How To Write A Letter
- Take a Walk With Your Child or Grandchild
- Simple Table Manners For Children
- Sending Your Child to Kid’s Camp
- Rainy Day Projects for Kids
- Protecting Your Kids
- Pet Gift Ideas
- Outdoor Games For Your Kids
- Online Safety For Kids
- Long Distance Grandparent Project
- Let’s Have a Parade! Child’s Birthday Party Idea
- Kids Birthday Parties
- Keeping Books in Your Child’s Life
- Just Mommy and Me Dates
- Is Your Child Old Enough For A Pet?
- Indoor Games for Kids
- How To Teach Your Child To Pray
- How To Talk to Your Kids about God
- How to talk to your child about rejection
- How to Talk to your Child about Prayer
- How to Talk to your Child about Friends
- How to Talk to Your Child about Bullying
- How To Take The Stress Out of Christmas
- How To Start A Mommy Blog
- How to Prepare Your Pet for the New Baby
- How to prepare your child for a new dog
- How To Make Handprint Cookies With Your Kids
- How To Keep Long Distance Grandparents In The Know
- How To Get Your Kids To Do Chores
- How Moms Can Click the Refresh Button
- Housework Shortcuts For Families
- Grandma’s Story
- Getting Organized For School
- Gardening With Your Child
- Fun Family Christmas Traditions
- Find The Treasure In Your Child
- Easy Ornaments For Kids To Make
- Date Nights
- Color Coding Your Kids
- Christmas Vacation Activities for the Family
- Christmas Ornaments That Kids Can Make Themselves!
- Cheap Ornaments That Your Kids Can Make!
- Behavior – Being Silly With Your Kids
- Advent Calendar For Kids
- A Key To Peace With Your Kids
- 8 Toddler Toy Organizing Tips
- 5 Tips To Growing A Confident Child
- 5 Tips To Get Your Kids To Do Chores
- 5 Tips For Homework Success
Pets are a wonderful part of a family’s life. Most of us have good memories of playing with the dog or cat when we were kids. A family pet can be a useful tool for teaching your kids about responsibility and faithfulness in caring for an animal. But often, those sweet childhood memories do not include the background work that your parents did for the family pet.
There is much more involved in adding a dog to the family and this plan should be considered very carefully before committing to the care of a puppy or dog. You probably already have all the great reasons for finding a new dog but it would be wise to consider these “cons” that may outweigh your “pros.”
5 Reasons not to get a dog:
1. Cost – There is no such thing as a “free” puppy. Even if you do not have to purchase it in the first place, you will have food, cleaning and vet expenses that can come up unexpectedly and add up drastically.
2. Destructive – An older dog may be easier on your furniture and clothing, but beware the teeth of a puppy. They cannot help but chew on anything and everything in sight for several weeks or months. Unless you are willing to redecorate your home and place all leather, fabric and plastic items up above the dog’s reach, there is nothing safe against a puppy’s desire to chew.
3. Smell – Short hair dogs are easier to keep clean than long hair dogs but the aroma of an animal in the house will still be evident. Be ready for weekly baths to keep ahead of the stink that a dog can bring into the house.
4. Behavior – Dog training looks easy on the online videos and in the dog training books. But it takes lots of time and consistent training sessions to get a well-behaved dog that will not jump on people or bark at the doorbell. Housebreaking a puppy is a fulltime job for the first few months, and the transition from potty accidents to fully housebroken is difficult and frustrating.
5. Time – Ask yourself if you and your family members have enough extra time to give undivided attention to the dog. A puppy is like a toddler in the house, you cannot leave it alone for a minute and when it is older it needs play time and long walks to keep it from becoming bored and destructive.