Get a dog from WHERE U WANT to get a dog! As for ages...pets teach kids so much more than an adult can about a variety of things...just always supervise! I have 3 dogs and about to hav bubs...my dogs r ready for a bubby in the house...n he'll grow up with them as I did.
It's totally ur personal opinion OP.. good luck.
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06-05-2012 23:38 #23
I thinks 3 is a great age, my 2.5 yr old has been around a puppy for a year now and the only problem we have is him trying to ride the dog( ds is 19kg) kids that age don't listen but your son will get used to the dog and visaversa we had a few issues with the puppy snapping at ds in a playful way as long as they are closely supervised for the first few months things should be fine.
06-05-2012 23:41 #24
We got our lil man (from the trading post, oh the shame) when DD was 2 1/2 and he has been perfect. Slept on my bed from day one, has never nipped at anyone, and now at 7 is DD's best mate and she is great and helping me feed both him and her cat each night, plus bathing him regularly and helping with general pet care of both of our boys.
If you know what your doing when it comes to dogs I say go for it
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08-05-2012 12:36 #30
I think 3 is as good as any age, its all about you introduce them. I think its good for children to get used to animals and treat them nicely from when they are young. As long as you take care when they are playing (because she is probably going to want to try and pick it up and pat it a lot) then it should be fine. And have somewhere for the dog to escape if it gets too much
i find it really funny too, the way these things always turn into a breeder vs rspca dog debate. I totally understand the argument for both, i've worked at the rspca for years when i was in uni, and i also have looked at purebred dogs (and owned both) . I think as long as you don't buy from a pet shop or puppy mill, it's fine. Do a bit of research before you buy.
And just for the record, we have a lab x wolfhound that we adopted from the pound at 7 months, who was treated very badly and abused, he took quite a few months to stop being petrified. All of our friends marvel at how wonderful and gentle he is with kids that come over. He sits still while they climb all over him, and when they are playing in the garden, will go and lie a few metres away as if he's watching over them. He's the perfect family dog. My good friend bought a purebred saint bernard as a family pet, cost thousands of dollars. They took him to dog training, did all the right things to look after him (lovely, calm family) and out of now where at 3 years old, he mauled her son on the face. So you really just never know. Find the dog thats right for you.
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