Eventually, most parents are going to hear: “Dad, can I have that Dachshund puppy?”
Rather than avoid the question, parents should decide whether or not their clan is prepared for a new dog, and even moreso a Dachshund, says Sharon Bergen, SVP of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, this nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.
While thinking about “should you get the Dachshund” Bergen recommends parents evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of bringing the Dachshund to the household before acquiescing to a child’s wish. “The Dachshund can teach our children responsibility and be a wonderful addition to the household-or it can be a mistake,” she says. Bergen recommends families think about the following before committing:
Things to Consider Before Answering Should You Get The Dachshund Puppy
Who will care for the Dachshund? Parents and children should come to an agreement beforehand who is to be the one in charge of feeding, bathing, walking and cleaning up behind the Dachshund.
Do you have space for the Dachshund, or does your landlord allow dogs? Folks who live in townhouses or apartments may be better suited to a cat, a fish , or bird, instead of the Dachshund. Check your library or online to learn more about Dachshunds to decide if another pet may be more appropriate for the household.
Owning the Dachshund is time consuming and can be expensive. The family should understand that they may have to forego existing activities to properly care for the Dachshund. If that requirement is too daunting, you might think about waiting until the child is old enough to help raise the Dachshund.
Conclusion: Should You Get A Dachshund
Bergen suggests the whole family meet the Dachshund in advance of deciding whether to take it home. Owning the Dachshund is a big commitment, so decide carefully before adopting a furry new family member.
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