are numerous benefits associated with children having pets. Owning a pet
helps teach a child responsibility, how to care for others, as well as
companionship. Picking the right pet for your child is important. Children
under 10 are not old enough to be the primary care taker of a cat or dog.
As such a hamster or a gerbil may be a better choice. Cats tend to be good
for independent kids who want a pet, but don't want the increased responsibility
of owning a dog. Dogs are good pets, but do require a lot of attention.
You and your child need to realize the amount of time needed to properly
exercise, train, feed, groom and care for a dog. Another tip in choosing
a pet is to make sure the pet and the child meet before a pet is brought
home. This will help determine what animal your child is most comfortable
with and may also let you know if there is a potential allergy problem.
In reality, which ever pet you choose, the parent should understand that
they will likely be the one caring for the pet much of the time. Approached
properly, however, owning a pet can be an tremendously rewarding and educational
experience for a child.