First-Dog Advice for Youngsters

Kid-friendly website for families who want a dog
By Lisa Wogan, December 2010

It’s the time of year when children are encouraged to say what they want for Christmas and Hanukah, and sometimes a puppy is on the list. Families with young children considering adopting a dog, either as a gift or down the road, should check out a new website created by the University of Illinois Extension called “Best of Friends: Kids and Dogs.” Designed for 4th through 6th grade classrooms, anyone can use the site to walk through the questions that need to be asked and answered before such a big commitment.

 
From realistic cost estimates to evaluating the best dog for your home, Best of Friends helps guide the whole family through the decision-making process—celebrating the wonderful addition a dog can be but staying grounded in the important challenges and responsibilities of this relationship.