Eventually, every parent is going to hear: “Mommy, can we get that St. Bernard puppy?”
Instead of dodging the question, parents should decide whether or not their clan is prepared for a dog, and even moreso a St. Bernard, according to Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, this country’s leading provider of early childhood education.
When pondering “should you get the St. Bernard” Bergen suggests parents ascertain the positives and negatives of bringing the St. Bernard to the household prior to agreeing to a child’s wish. “The St. Bernard can teach our children responsibility and be a welcome addition to your household-or it can become a hassle,” she says. Bergen suggests parents consider the following before committing:
Things to Think About Before Answering Should You Get The St. Bernard Puppy
Who will be the one to care for the St. Bernard? Families should agree in advance who will be in charge of feeding, bathing, walking and picking up behind the St. Bernard.
Is there an area for the St. Bernard, and does your landlord allow dogs? Families living in apartments or townhouses may be better suited to a cat, a fish , or bird, rather than the St. Bernard. Check the library or online to learn more about St. Bernards to learn if another animal may be more appropriate for your family.
Being the owner of the St. Bernard is time consuming and not cheap. Family members must understand that they may have to forsake other activities to spend time with the St. Bernard. If this thought is too daunting, you might suggest waiting until the child is responsible enough to help care for the St. Bernard.
Conclusion: Should You Get A St. Bernard
Bergen suggests the entire household meet the St. Bernard prior to deciding whether to take it home. Raising the St. Bernard is a huge commitment, so decide carefully before adopting a furry new family member.
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