8 Reasons to Say No when Your Kids Want a Puppy ...


8 Reasons to Say No when Your Kids Want a Puppy ...
8 Reasons to Say No when Your Kids Want a Puppy ...

It's so hard to say no to your kids when they beg for a puppy. However, the welfare of an animal must be the most important consideration, and there are plenty of reasons why adopting a puppy might not be appropriate. It's not being cruel; a dog can be a ten- or fifteen-year commitment. Here are some good reasons to say no to your kids when they ask if they can have a puppy …

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Lack of Time

You should definitely say no to your kids regarding a puppy if you don't have the time to look after it. The fact is that whoever the pup officially belongs to, you will end up walking and feeding it. It's really not fair on a dog to be left alone all day, so if all adults work full-time then you can't give it the time it needs.



Think of the space a dog needs. Do you have somewhere to exercise it? If not, that's another reason not to have one, as is not having a big enough home. Most dogs aren't suited to life in an apartment; they need a garden to run around in and plenty of room indoors.



Kids often want a puppy because puppies are cute and cuddly. They don't appreciate how much commitment a pet needs, and they may soon get tired of walking and feeding a pup. They certainly won't want to clean up any mess! Guess who'll end up taking over? Yes, you will.



Puppies represent a considerable financial investment, which your kids' pocket money won't cover! There are fees to adopt or buy from a breeder, vaccinations, food, kennel fees and so on. And if the pup needs treatment from a vet, you could pay out hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. If you can't afford this, you shouldn't get a puppy (or indeed, an adult dog).


Tantrums and Begging

Giving in to cries of "Mom, pleeeeeeeease can we have a puppy?" is a bad move. Don't let tantrums and "you don't love us!" sway your decision either. Not only will your kids learn that they can get what they want if they whine enough, but you'll end up with a pet that you probably didn't want.


They Don't Understand the Commitment

Children, understandably, love the idea of having a pet. It's positive that they like animals. However, they won't appreciate the cost, the fact that you'll have to look after the dog when they go to college, the need to walk it daily, that a puppy needs training, and the extent of the commitment that pet ownership brings.


Puppies Grow up

Yes, puppies are cute and huggable and lovable. But shelters are full of dogs that were abandoned when they weren't cute puppies anymore and the novelty wore off. Always bear in mind that puppies grow up (and sometimes end up quite big) - your kids may grow tired of their pet when it isn't a cuddly pup any more.


Partner is against It

Having a pet affects the whole family, so everyone needs to be in agreement. If your partner doesn't want a puppy, then listen to their views. Adopting an animal when your partner is against the idea is only going to lead to disagreement and resentment.

Having a pet can be very good for children. It teaches them to respect and care for animals. Often, however, a puppy is not as suitable for a family pet as a small animal is. It's a long-term commitment that has to be thought through carefully. How do you feel about puppies as family pets - was it a success for your family, or have you regretted letting your kids have a puppy?

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

I think maybe before purchasing or adopting a puppy your children should "pet sit" someone else's to get a feel for it. It might also teach kids from a young age to be responsible. As for the "cute and cuddly" part, having an animal from the time it was young makes you love it more. I understand if the parent doesn't have enough money, space or travel a lot.

#7 That depends on the breed

I agree with everyone who says that pets are wonderful to have, and can teach responsibility etc. But I think this article is very balanced and addresses the real issues when bringing an animal into the home. It is a lot of work and can be expensive. The welfare of the animals has to come first - as she says, there are too many animals abandoned when they grow up, get noisy, expensive and so on. I would always have pets in my home, but know of too many people who should have thought about it more carefully before going for "cute and cuddly" and forgetting that doesn't last!

Dogs mean love.

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