I’ve had pets since I was born and consequently, so have my kids. Yet many parents who don’t yet have pets are faced with the question of when to introduce a pet, particularly a dog, into the household. Most want to know what is the optimal age for a child to get his/her first pet.
Dr. Marty Becker over at VetStreet, cautions parents to remember that no matter how much you prepare your older child for a pet and give him chores surrounding pet duty, parents must remember that the responsibility is ultimately on them. It’s a parent’s job to make sure the dog is cared for, and along the way teach their child how to be responsible for their own pet.