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Puppy Care for Kids

Updated on October 23, 2007
Double Trouble... Just Add Kid(s)
Double Trouble... Just Add Kid(s)

Puppies and Kids

There is just something really special about puppies and kids. A puppy can teach a child responsibility, companionship, empathy and care. A dog can be a child's very best friend and can help to create lasting, happy memories. When you get a puppy for your child, there are some things that you do need to consider. Breed, size, the child's age and the family structure are all important for making the determination whether or not a puppy is right for your household. For instance, you would not want to get a Chihuahua when you have a small child because these little dogs are too delicate. A large dog, however, can be rambunctious and may even knock your child over. Once you have decided on the perfect breed, though, and you bring puppy into the family, it is time to help your child learn about puppy care.


Your child needs to realize that a puppy needs to eat regularly. Puppies usually start out eating several times a day, then you can eventually pare it down to just twice a day. You can include your child in the feeding by having a measuring cup in the container of food. Teach your child how to measure the food and put it in the bowl. Even very young children can do this, but make sure that you supervise closely and keep the food container either in a place where the child can not reach it or keep the food container locked. This will prevent overfeeding. You can also provide a limited number of treats for the child to give the dog, but try to emphasize that this is for when the dog does something good.


Puppies need fresh, clean water daily. If you use an automatic waterer, you probably won't have to change the water often, but you can appoint your child as the "water watcher." Have him or her alert you when the puppy's water is dirty or the bowl is empty. Older children can fill the water bowl independently.

Potty Training

This is a task that is generally for older children, but younger children can "help." They can accompany you when you walk the dog outside and, if the dog is an appropriate size, can even hold the leash.


Kids seem to just naturally enjoy fixing up a bed for a pet. Your child can fix the bed and make sure that if it gets soiled in between washings that you are alerted so that you can either change it or wash it. They can also arrange the bedding each day so that it is comfortable for the puppy to nap.


Older kids can do this very well. A dog should be bathed regularly, particularly if they are outside a lot or if there is a flea problem in your area. Take your child with you when you pick out a shampoo and have younger children help you bathe the puppy. Teach older children how to bathe the puppy, but take precautions against the child getting water in the puppy's ears. Cotton works well for this.


No one likes an ill mannered puppy. If you can, get your puppy - and your child - into obedience training. This way your child will learn how to handle and control the puppy and the puppy will learn how to behave. This can go a long way to starting your child teaching the puppy various tricks and will make walks much more pleasant.

Puppy and Kids Pictures

Girl with Her Puppy
Girl with Her Puppy
Puppy being Hugged
Puppy being Hugged


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      EIreann 4 years ago

      I think puppys are soso cute

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      Declan 4 years ago

      This is cool

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      ella 5 years ago

      I'm going to try to get my parents to get me a pup

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      anna 5 years ago

      I'm trying to convince my mum and dad to getting me a cookapoo

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      mizzrocker 26 5 years ago


      im trying to convince my mum and dad to getting a flat coated retreiver because my dad is alergic to fur, my friends dog is having puppies and so im hoping that i can convince them that i can be responsible to look after a dog and this site has givin me lots of usfull info.

      thanx again

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      Mizzrocker26 5 years ago


      im trying to convince my mum and dad to getting a flat coted

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      Kat27102 5 years ago

      Thnx 4 the advice now im even more confident about speaking to my mum bout it! :)

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      Angel.J 5 years ago

      I had 15 dogs b4 and some of them died,gotten ran over, put down and got a disease ...... but now 1 dog survived now i'm getting a bloodhound so thx

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      chloe atkiss 6 years ago

      this is so helpful thanks and now i can come on this site everytime i need to know something about dogs

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      Who knows? 6 years ago

      Thanks for this info. I am twelve and have been asking for a dog since I was five. I think this might convince her now....

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      TASNEEM 6 years ago


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      lolasummer 6 years ago

      ya its nice to have pups

      mine just had 4 pups can u belive it???!!

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      caitlan 6 years ago

      hopefully this will work, my dog is getting old now and i want a pup. my mum and dad might be prsuaded.

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      Tiggy 6 years ago

      This was really helpful. My german shephard recently had to be put down because of a disease and now my parents are buying me and my sister two miniature yorkshire terriers. I am so excited and this helped me so much as I got my first dog when I was very young and I want to be the one who looks after the pupps now. Sorry for rambling on, but thanks

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      My mom is getting me a dog soon and this was really helpful. I have been bugging my mom to get me a dog for a long time, and she finally allowed me to get one. She is going to buy one right now, but we won't bring her home until we come home from Florida. This was really helpful, and my mom can be sure I can take care of my own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

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      mMr.Poodle 6 years ago

      Hi thanks to this i now have a young toy poodle black.

      My mum was allergic to most dogs and she found out she wasn't allergic to poodles or schnaupoos!

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      Megan 6 years ago

      hi thanx soooooo much because now my mum will let me get a puppy because i know how to look after one i am getting a west highland white terrier girl and it's going to be called molli!!!!! thanx a bunck

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      Kayla 7 years ago

      THx for this help. I was also trying to convince my mom. So far it's working. She said she will think about it. I have been wanting a dog for 6 years and I have been studiying for 3 years. This is really helping me. Thx.

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      Maddie 7 years ago

      Thx guyz

      I am trying to make my mum and dad get me a dog.

      So this helped a wee bit.

      I still have to do my part in convincing them now!

      thx again!


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      Laura 7 years ago

      awww, thanks a lot i am 11 and trying to read as much info as possible so i can convince my mom to let me gat a non shedding dog because she is allergic to dog hair... thanx a bunch!!!

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      stanly 7 years ago


      This has given me more advise to help me get my own puppy.

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      cuddles 8 years ago

      how helpful thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Angel 8 years ago

      This is so helpful, thanks!