Having a pet in many ways is just like having another family member. Sure they can’t quite ask as many questions as your 5 year old, but it’s still another life to care for, another mouth to feed and another soul to love. Whether your family pet(s) have been around long before the kiddos, or if they are a recent addition there are tons of ways to get your kiddos involved in taking care of your family pet.
1. Help With Meal Times
Whether it is scooping out the dog chow or sprinkling the fish food, let your kiddos take charge of meal times. If you have the same routine everyday your kids will thrive on helping out and making it their responsibility.
2. Show Them How To Clean Up
My toddler is still too young to pick up the dog poop by herself, but she loooooves to come outside with me and point them out for me to pick up. It’s a simple thing, but I like that she is learning how to take care of her pup and understands the importance of cleaning up behind him everyday. She knows that before we can play in the yard we first have to pick up the poop. It doesn’t matter if it’s just sweeping up hair, or washing down their beds, make it an fun activity to do together and they will be much more excited to help out.
3. Involve Them In Training
One of the best ways to get your kiddos excited about their pet is to involve them in any training you will be doing. Whether its the typical sit, lie down, roll over, or something else entirely, get the kids involved by showing them the importance of training. Make it fun by having treats they can offer their pet when they do it right.
4. Make A Check List
Kids love check lists and stickers. Have a list of daily/weekly responsibilities that need to be done and cross each one off as it’s been completed. You can even offer stickers or a special treat when everything on this list has been done.
5. Keep A Pet Journal
Get a pet journal for your kids to write it. Whether it’s recording the fun things they’ve done with their furry friends, or printing and sticking in photos, or simply recording what new tricks they are doing keep track of it all in their fun journal. It will also make such a wonderful memories to look back on when they are all grown up.