2. Discuss responsibilities with your children.
Adopting a dog is a full-time responsibility and everyone in the family has to do his/her share. Before you make a decision to own a dog, it is important to sit your family down and discuss the share of responsibilities everyone must undertake. Tasks must be delegated accordingly, with the age of your child a huge factor. Assign simple tasks such as cleaning out the dog dish and wiping dog drool to the little ones while the bigger kids can take the task of giving the dog a bath and cleaning out the dog house.
3. Buy dog toys and treats.
Buy dog toys and treats with your little ones and treat it as the first task you have to collectively do as a family. Instruct your kids to look out for toys with small/loose parts that can pose choking risks for your new dog. This task lets your children know that having a dog is fun but also requires caution and responsibility.