Sooner or later, every parent is likely to hear: “Please, can we get that Briard puppy?”
Instead of ignoring the question, parents are advised to ponder whether the family is prepared for a new dog, and even moreso a Briard, says Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, this nation’s leading provider of early childhood education.
While thinking about “should we get the Briard” Bergen suggests parents weigh the positives and negatives of adding the Briard to the household prior to agreeing to a child’s request. “The Briard can teach our children responsibility and become a wonderful addition to the household-or it can become a burden,” she says. Bergen advises families think about the following before committing:
Things to Consider Before Answering Should You Get The Briard Puppy
Who will be the one to care for the Briard? Households should come to an agreement beforehand who will be responsible for feeding, bathing, walking and cleaning up after the Briard.
Do you have an area for the Briard, or does your landlord allow dogs? Families who live in townhouses or apartments may prefer a cat, a bird or fish, rather than the Briard. Check with the library or Internet to learn more about Briards to decide if another animal may be more appropriate for your household.
Rearing the Briard is time consuming and may be expensive. The family should understand that they will be expected to forsake existing activities to properly care for the Briard. If that prospect is too daunting, you might think about delaying until the child is old enough to help raise the Briard.
Conclusion: Should You Get A Briard
Bergen advises the whole family meet the Briard prior to deciding to take it home. Getting the Briard is a huge commitment, so decide carefully before adopting one.
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