(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)
For many of us, life-long memories are built around the family dog. In fact, according to a recent Dog Chow Family Poll, 93 percent of parents say their dog makes the family feel complete. And according to parenting expert Nanny Robina, pets play an important role in teaching children responsibility and worthwhile life lessons.
“Caring for the family dog can create a deep and gratifying bond,” she says, “which greatly benefits children and teaches them important lessons in accountability, independence and consistency.”