Did you know February is Responsible Pet Owners Month? Celebrate by talking to your children about what responsibility means and what it can look like when taking care of household pets. Teaching responsibility is a key part of social-emotional learning in children. Here are a few ways you and your family can participate in keeping pets healthy:
- Training: Did you know one of the biggest reasons for pets ending up in shelters is behavior problems? By socializing your pet, it leads to better behavior and reduces their chances of getting lost and ending up in a shelter. It’s also a great example to teach children the benefits of disciplined learning.
- Grooming: Getting your pet out and ensuring they are well-groomed shows responsibility to children. Brushing a pet can also be a bonding experience for your child and their favorite critter!
- Cleaning Up: Showing your children how to not only clean their pets, but also pick up after them as well as clean the spaces they dwell in will go a long way in teaching responsibility. It can also lead to conversations on how children can keep their own spaces clean by picking up after themselves!
- Exercise: Get those pets moving! Going to the park for a walk or throwing ball is a great way to keep pets (and children) healthy. Talk to your kids about proper exercise and diet choices for their pet as well as the benefits of higher immune systems.
- ID Tag: Be sure your pet has some type of identification. This will come in handy when your furry family member ends up lost or in a neighbor’s yard so they can be returned safe and sound!
- Talk About It: Finally, be sure you sit down with your child and talk about ways to take care of family pets. Ask children what their current responsibilities are and why it’s important to follow through.
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