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Age appropriate jobs for your little pet lovers

A toddler isn't capable of remembering to feed a pet, just as a ten year old can handle more responsibility than just filling up the water bowl. But what pet-related duties are age-appropriate for your children?

Here is a guideline of what age your children should be before doing specific pet duties

Toddlers are capable of:

  • Throwing a ball for fetch
  • Pouring pre-measured dry food into a pet's dish
  • Give a treat (for pets who take treats gently)

4- and 5-year-olds are capable of:

  • Refilling the water bowl
  • Playing with the pet

6- to 8-year-olds are capable of:

  • Brushings (for dogs that love being brushed)
  • Holding a dog's leash when accompanied by an adult
  • Feed the dog (but with an adult's reminder)

Children 9-years-old and older are capable of:

  • Giving the dog a bath (with adult supervision)
  • Clean out a cage or litter box (making sure they wash their hands after!)

 



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