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Humane Animal Education for children is vital to ensure they grow up with compassion towards animals. It aids them in making socially-responsible choices and is a great way for all family members to become involved and educated in caring for their pets.
Our programs are specialized for specific age groups to best serve families of all sizes!
Pet Care & Kids!
Pets are part of the family and allowing all family members to help care for their furry friends is a great way to teach responsibility and grow life-long bonds. Below is a list of age-appropriate recommendations provided by Family Education for involving kids with pet care.
Age Appropriate Ways for Kids to Help!
Age 3 and Under
Simply explain proper handling and behavior around your pets (i.e.- no tail pulling)
Have them “help” you while feeding your pets
Ages 4 and 5
Practice proper handling of pets
Practice safe treat-giving
Allow children to assist with pet chores such as holding part of the leash during a walk
Ages 6 through 8
Teach children how to ask for simple commands and tricks from your pet
Allow them to brush your pet and play games such as fetch
Practice solo walking of smaller dogs in a fenced-in area
Ages 8 through 11
Allow solo walking of the dog, under a watchful eye when needed
Encourage help with picking up waste or cleaning the litterbox – teaching proper hygiene
Teach children how to bathe and feed the pet
Age 12 and up
Allow children “full care” of the pet
To establish routine and accountability for children, Pet Chore Charts can be helpful!
An editable Pet Care Chart Example from InfoPls can be found here: My Pet Care Chart
This chart is great to use for the whole family!
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