Sooner or later, every parent is going to hear: “Mom, can I have that Australian Shepherd puppy?”
Instead of dodging the question, parents should consider whether or not their clan is prepared for a new dog, especially a Australian Shepherd, according to Sharon Bergen, SVP of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s foremost provider of early childhood education.
When asking yourself “should the family get the Australian Shepherd” Bergen suggests parents evaluate the plusses and minuses of adding the Australian Shepherd to the family prior to giving in to a child’s wish. “The Australian Shepherd can teach our kids responsibility and be a pleasant addition to the household-or it can become a mistake,” she has said. Bergen suggests families ponder the following before committing:
Questions to Ponder Before Deciding Should You Get The Australian Shepherd Puppy
Who will be the one to care for the Australian Shepherd? Households should agree in advance who will be the one in charge of bathing, walking, feeding and cleaning up after the Australian Shepherd.
Is there an area for the Australian Shepherd, or does your landlord allow dogs? Families living in townhouses or apartments may prefer a bird, a cat, or fish, instead of the Australian Shepherd. Check your local library or online to find out more about Australian Shepherds to determine if another breed may be more suited for your household.
Rearing the Australian Shepherd is a big committment and not cheap. The family must realize that they will have to forsake other activities to properly care for the Australian Shepherd. If this requirement seems too daunting, parents should think about postponing until the child is committed enough to help raise the Australian Shepherd.
Conclusion: Should You Get A Australian Shepherd
Bergen suggests the whole family meet the Australian Shepherd in advance of deciding whether to take it home. Owning the Australian Shepherd is a big commitment, so decide carefully before getting one.
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