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When your child first asks for a puppy, your first reaction may be that they stink, bark, and jump on people, but as a perfect opportunity for your child to become more trustworthy, learn how to budget, and become more responsible, you may reconsider things. Plus, you get to adopt an adorable member into your family.
Earning a Puppy
Instead of simply buying your child a puppy, many parents make them earn it. Sit down with your child and come up with an agreement on how they will earn their puppy. Perhaps you will use a system where they get to add a point every time they complete a chore, homework, or help somebody else out. Once they reach a grand amount they can start looking for puppies to adopt. This shows that your child desires the puppy enough to do the work to keep it.
You can use this as the perfect chance to teach your child how to budget their money. Offer them a certain amount that they can spend on the puppy and accessories. Take them to the pet store several times so they understand how much a kennel, bed, leash, toys, and food all cost. The cost of puppies varies as well, so you want to make sure they understand how to budget around the puppy. You can visit the pet store or an animal shelter to find a puppy, but it’s a good idea to let them interact with several to choose the most friendly one.
Once your child receives their puppy, they will learn how to care for it, which will teach them a great deal of responsibility. They will learn to feed, water, brush, and play with it, all of which they should be responsible for.