School’s In Session:

A Spotlight on Pet Adoption

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We can’t believe it either. Summer has come and gone, and fall is in full swing. The kids are back in school and things are finally starting to settle into a routine. But here at Deceased Pet Care, we wanted to shine a spotlight on another education opportunity outside the classroom: Pet Adoption.

We know there are a lot of questions, concerns, and even confusion about bringing home a pet, but we think with the proper vision, and a strong follow-through. The lessons learned from Pet ownership can positively impact a child (and a family) for a lifetime. Here are six questions to ask yourself about adopting a pet.

One: Can my kid(s) handle the responsibility of a pet?

If you’re at a time when your children are old enough for regular school, then your kids are probably ready for a pet. Though ability and level of responsibility vary with age, if your child is five or older, they can help with a portion of pet care. Younger kids can help with basics like bowl cleaning, notifying you of pet’s needs, or filling the food bowl. Older children can keep up with feeding, exercise schedules, and clean up.

Two: What do I want them to learn from having a pet?

It’s been said many times that children’s brains are akin to sponges.  So starting them with a pet young allows them to learn the importance and requirements of personal responsibility. Yes, depending on your kid’s age, a vast majority of pet care will fall under you, but the opportunities to learn and teach everything from care and consideration, to sacrifice for the benefit of another than oneself are endless.

Three: Am I willing to take a large part of the responsibility?

As a parent, and the primary caretaker of your family’s new addition, make sure you are aware in how you present caring for your new pet. Never say that taking care of Fido is a chore, but rather a blessing, opportunity, or privilege. When your child views helping around the house as a vital part of Fido’s success, rather than busy work, they are more likely to help with consistency and consideration. Your children will also always be on the lookout as to how you take care of the pet, so set the standard high, and help your kids reach the bar you’ve set.

Four: How do I feel about encouragement as education?

Taking on the responsibility of a new pet is a great way to encourage your child in their ability, effort, and heart. Take each opportunity to encourage their good behavior and reinforce the positives. Never threaten to take away the pet if responsibilities are not being met. This insinuates the pet is disposable. Have them think like a pet to teach important needs such as hunger, thirst, cleanliness, and physical activity.

Five: Do I want more time with the family?

We are all looking for a few extra moments to share with our children. By having your kids take part in the responsibility of caring for a pet, we can increase one on one time with our kids. Morning and evening walks, or afternoon games are a great time to spend together with each other and the family’s new addition.

Six: Does my child need/want a buddy?

Chances are, as your child starts school, anxiety can creep in. Social stress, school work, after school activities, and deadlines can quickly add up to new feelings and worry for your kid. Having a pet around the house to pet, play with, and sometimes just snuggle is a scientifically proven way to increase happiness at reduce stress after a hard day.

Pet’s are awesome. We could come up with a hundred more reasons why you should bring a pet into your family, but we think the above six is a great start. At Deceased Pet Care, our love for pets runs deep. We want as many people to experience the joy and happiness that a pet can bring, and we think the lessons learned are so so worth it. After you crunch some numbers, making sure you have the resources to properly care for your pet, we think Fido is an investment with unlimited returns.

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