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Kids do love the thought of having a cute animal they can call their own, but the reality of owning one and the responsibilities that entails can be very different, particularly in the early days.
Let's face it, parents already have a full plate, and a pet can bring a fair bit of upheaval to the family home.
That's why it's so important, from the very beginning, that children understand just what they'll be in for when it comes to ensuring that the family pet is happy and healthy.
Dr Jo Righetti is an animal behaviourist, helping people understand pets. Jo works with a variety of companies and organisations and is an Ambassador of Animal Welfare League Australia and Purina One and Purina Beyond.
With four pet-loving sons of her own, Dr Jo knows a thing or two about how to encourage children to get hands on and help out with the family pet. She's shared her best tips for you to try below.
Purina One and Purina Beyond ambassador and animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Righetti shares her tips for encouraging children to have great relationships with the family pet. Image: Supplied.
Teach your children why it's important to care for their furry friends
Lead by example
Princess Anne leads by example, encouraging granddaughter Mia Tindall to take her bull terrier dog for a walk. Image: Getty
Allocate age appropriate responsibilities
Create a pet roster
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Get the kids involved in exercise and training for your
Little royals, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall and Isla Phillips are taking a hands on roll in looking after their grandmother, Princess Anne's puppy. Image: Getty.