Sooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Mom, can we get that Swedish Lapphund puppy?”
Rather than avoid the question, parents should decide if the family is ready for a new dog, especially a Swedish Lapphund, according to Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the country’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.
When considering “should the family get the Swedish Lapphund” Bergen suggests parents evaluate the pros and cons of adding the Swedish Lapphund to the family prior to acquiescing to a child’s wishes. “The Swedish Lapphund can teach our children responsibility and become a pleasant addition to the household-or it can become a burden,” she said. Bergen advises parents consider the following before deciding:
Questions to Ask Before Answering Should You Get The Swedish Lapphund Puppy
Who will be the one to care for the Swedish Lapphund? Parents and children should agree in advance who is to be responsible for feeding, bathing, walking and cleaning up after the Swedish Lapphund.
Do you have an area for the Swedish Lapphund, and does your landlord allow dogs? Families who live in townhouses or apartments may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, instead of the Swedish Lapphund. Check the library or online to find out more about Swedish Lapphunds to decide if another dog may be more suited for the household.
Being the owner of the Swedish Lapphund is time consuming and not cheap. The family should know that they will have to give up current activities to spend time with the Swedish Lapphund. If that requirement is too daunting, you might want to consider delaying until the child is old enough to help raise the Swedish Lapphund.
Conclusion: Should You Get A Swedish Lapphund
Bergen advises the whole household meet the Swedish Lapphund before deciding whether to take it home. Rearing the Swedish Lapphund is a big commitment, so think carefully before getting one.
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