Yorkies & Kids

Children and dogs can form an incredible bond.  Before getting a dog, it's crucial to determine whether your household is prepared for a canine companion.

1. Recognize the Need for Commitment
A dog requires dedication.  It costs money, patience, and time.  Dogs require a lot of care and are labor-intensive.  They need love, affection, food, water, and shelter. The average cost of owning a dog is between $1000 and $2000 a year, not including the cost of food or veterinary care.  Make sure you have the time and resources to dedicate to a dog if you're thinking about getting one or adopting one, as they will be under your care for the duration of their lives.  Not the responsibility of your children.

2.  Are your kids ready?  How can you know?
Choosing to become a pet owner is not simple.  There are a lot of things to think about, like the time commitment, financial responsibility, and possessing the essential skills for taking care of it.  Yet your child ought to be allowed to own a pet if they are a responsible adult who is prepared to assume this duty.  When children are able to properly care for a dog and have the time in their schedule to do so, they are ready for a dog.  One of the most significant choices you will make as a parent may be whether or not to get your kids a pet.  It's critical that you are aware of the responsibilities that come with dog ownership before you decide to adopt a dog.  Youngsters aren't always prepared for the responsibilities that come with being dog owners.  Before they get their own dogs, it's crucial to teach them about dogs and how to care for them so that they are ready.  A child's readiness for a dog can be determined by a number of factors, including maturity.  It is imperative for parents to conduct thorough research on the type of dog breed that would be most appropriate for their child and household

  3. What breed of dog is best for your household?
Selecting the ideal dog for your household is a significant choice.  Dogs can be found in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and breeds.  It's crucial to choose the one that most closely matches the way of life of your family.   When selecting a dog breed, there are numerous things to take into account:  -Size: Certain breeds might be too big or small for your kids or your living area.  It is not advisable to let toddlers play unattended with the puppy.  Regardless of the puppy's size.  - Energy level: This is crucial if you have kids who enjoy playing outside, running around the house, or taking long walks.  The most energetic children and adults can become exhausted by a high energy dog. -Personality: The personalities and IQ levels of different breeds vary.  Many factors, such as genetics, environment, training, and socialization, influence a dog's temperament and personality.  Breed alone is not enough to determine a dog's personality.

4. What to anticipate when dealing with young kids and puppies
When around puppies, small children should always be watched over.  This is because they might not know how to act around them and they might inadvertently hurt the dog.  It's crucial to teach your small child how to behave around puppies if you have one in your home to prevent them from getting hurt.  Before letting a small child play with your puppy, you should also make sure that it is safe from any hazards or dangers inside the house.  For some children, getting their first dog can be a challenging adjustment.  They might lack the patience required to train an animal and be unprepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership.  Providing children with opportunities to learn about dogs in general and gain practical experience with them is one way to help them become ready to become dog owners.  When they decide to adopt a pet, this will help them understand what they're getting into.

5.  How can I get my kids ready to become dog owners?
Start by researching various breeds and selecting the ones that most closely match your way of life.  Avoid "tiny" puppies if you have young children in your household.  This is unfair to the kids and disastrous for the puppy.  Secondly, after deciding as a family on the breed and breeder for your puppy, call a family meeting to establish ground rules, duties, and expectations.  Third, educate yourself on everything there is to know about taking care of a dog.  When conducting this research, you may want to think about bringing your children along so they can have a better understanding of what they are getting themselves into.  Fourth, teach your children how to take care of their new dog by starting with a pet that needs less attention and giving them tasks like cleaning, feeding, and demonstrating that they can follow directions and provide consistent care.

6.  We are ready, what is next?
For you and your kids, puppy hunting may be the most thrilling experience ever.  A "team" needs to be assembled before you make the decision to take a puppy home.  A dog trainer or dog training program should be on your team.  It's likely that you will require assistance to raise your dog in the best possible way unless you are an experienced dog trainer.  You have to have realistic expectations for a dog and realize that this isn't a Walmart puppy that you can return when it gets "difficult," because it will have needs.Your veterinarian ought to be a member of your team as well. Do your homework and get referrals from local vets.  A skilled groomer will be an integral member of the team involved in your puppy's life.  Find trustworthy groomers who are familiar with your breed by asking around, and if your breed requires extensive grooming, be sure you can afford the expense.  Your puppy's breeder will be with them forever and should offer lifelong support.  This does not imply that you should work exclusively with your breeder.  When it comes to breeding, whelping, and raising puppies, they are pros.  Ask your trainer any questions you may have about the training.  Ask your groomer any questions you may have about grooming.  Ask your veterinarian any questions you may have about specific health issues.  Your breeder is a great resource to consult when you need advice or guidance.  Ultimately, even though they are now yours, this puppy will always be a part of them and something they love.  We appreciate you visiting Setareh Yorkies.

Our experience with Yorkies & Our Daughter (who is 7 years old)
When we got our yorkies Charlotte was 5 years old.  I was very nervous because they were very tiny and she had only been around larger dogs at this point in her life (14# Yorkie Mix) and (50# Standard Poodle).  We set down some ground rules on picking up and handling and taught her how they should be treated and she has done extremely well with only one mishap of dropping Cindy once where Cindy requred medical attention (just stunned and needed pain med for a day or two).  I think yorkies make fantastic family pets however, I would STRONGLY encourage families with small children to consider all aspects of owning a tiny puppy.  They can easily be dropped and legs can be broken, I have even heard of it killing puppies who have been dropped by a small child.  Please take this into consideration when considering getting a Yorkie Puppy.  We have been extremely lucky to have raised Charlotte in a home with lots of animals.  She is still learning how to respect animals and their space.  As I write this, this morning she was bitten by one of our cats whom she was 'invading' her space.  Animals and Kids can live in harmony it just takes a lot of learning and sometimes hard life lessons to do so.