10 Things to Teach Your Children About a New Pet

  1. Give the pet respect and love.
  2. Understand that the dog or cat isn’t a toy.
  3. Children should be supervised when playing with pets. 
  4. Respect the pet’s basic needs and moods.
  5. Help take care of the pet.
  6. Treat animals the way they would like to be treated.
  7. Realize the new pet will be annoying at times.
  8. Understand that pets will have favorites.
  9. Help keep the pet safe.
  10. Empathize with the animal.

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