When asked if I own a dog, I frequently find myself replying, “Yes, I have a dog.” But even then the word “have” implies that your dog is an object or a thing, a possession of sorts. Often, I delight in saying that I gave spiritual birth to a second child who just happens to be a dog.
The truth of the matter is that children and dogs don’t necessarily get along automatically. Like all cohabiting animals, they must learn to live together to be safe and happy. Children and dogs can get hurt when they have misunderstandings.
We’d love to open the floodgates and let parents of human kids know everything they’re doing wrong. Here are ten things we’d say if we could.
Making a dog part of the family is a big commitment and responsibility, and here are almost two dozen facts to help kids understand how special dogs are.