Santa brought our boys Maltipoos for Christmas. Yes, they EACH got a puppy. Many parents ask me how it is going and whether or not I recommend getting a puppy for a toddler and preschooler. What parents want me to tell them is if their family is ready for a dog.
Previous to making a decision to get the boys dogs for Christmas I read a ton of articles to try and answer this question for us. I too wanted to make sure we were ready to get a dog before we took the plunge. Most of the articles and research I read said to wait until a child is around age 6 to get them a dog.
Considering the number of times I read this, you would think I would not have been as surprised as I was at the chaos the pups brought to our home. Lord. Have. Mercy. After 4 months I am just now starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I am beginning to feel like things have started to calm down some. I’m not sure if the dogs and kids have improved, but the weather has! Therefore, the pups get to spend more time outside. I was asking myself daily, “What were we thinking? Not about ourselves that’s for sure!” Now it’s not quite daily.
So, you too may be wondering if your family is ready for a dog!