Family Pets: Child

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Guinea Pig or Hamster?

Ever since my 6 year old daughter visited my sister and fell in love with her chihuahua, she has longed for a dog she can have on her lap and carry around. She begs for one almost daily. We already have a dog (an older, grumpy border collie who's definitely not a cuddler), and often have my mom's dog over here due to her health problems. Hubby has refused to consent to another dog. So the compromise is either a guinea pig or hamster. Which is more tame/affectionate/cuddly, and is one "easier" than the other? I'm fully aware that I'll be...


Guinea Pig as a Pet

I have an opportunity to get a guinea pig for my kids, but have a few...

Boarding Pets

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Help with a 6 Year Old

I need help with my 6 year old he's outta hand. He likes to tell me waht to do and not to listen to me. Any time you tell him to do something he throws a fit. If he doesn't get his own way in school he throws a temper tantrum. If you ground him all he says his I'm telling on you. His dad doesn't help me any either because when he does go see his dad he gets his way and he walks all over his dad and his dad thinks that's okay. Please help me deal with him.

Death of a Pet

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Sisters Dog Being Put to Sleep

Hello All, My sister's dog is getting put to sleep next week and I'm wondering what if anything I should tell my 4 year old? My sister watches both of my girls while my husband and I are working so they know the dog very well, I know the 2 year old won't underdstand so I'm not even going there w/her but the 4 year old asks lots of questions already and I know she is going to pick up on something. My sister has an 8 yr old & 11 yr old who are going to be very upset and I want to try and keep my daughter from upsetting them anymore than...


The Death of a Pet

How do you tell children that their pet(cat) is child is 5...

Dog Training

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6-Year Old Is a Picky Eater!!!!

I'm very frustrated with my 6 year old son who ONLY wants to eat junk. It drives me nuts. He has such a limited menu of food that he will eat. It is very frustrating. Today, while he was at school, the teacher expressed to me that my son is "fussy" when it comes to food. Today was Dr. Seuss day at school and she served "green eggs and ham." She also had biscuits with jelly, some fruit, etc. He wouldn't eat anything. He told me he's not used to eating at school. UGH. I'm frustrated because I don't know how to help him. He will not eat...


6 Year Old Boy/ ADHD

My 6 year old boy is loving, caring, sweet and smart but is having a lot of...

Exotic Pets

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Do You Have a Rat as a Pet?

If so do you find it to be a lot of work? Do you find it to be a good pet for young children 6 and under? We have thought about this a lot and know that we cannot/do not want to get a cat or a dog. We have done fish but just are not that fun for children or adult's LOL. We think that having a Rat or a couple of the 3-4" max length rats would be a good choice but want to hear the good/bad about it. also I think that a hamster is to "squishy" for young children so I don't think we will do that. How much do you spend roughly a month on a rat?...


Getting a Pet

Hi All, My eight year old has been wanting a pet for a long time now, and...


Having a Pet Bird

I have two girls, 4 and 6, who would love to have a pet, however, I do not...

Housebreaking Dogs

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Seeking Suggestions on Housebreaking Beagle Puppy

I just got a baby girl beagle;she is a little over two months old. This is my first dog and I really don't know how to housebreak the dog. I live in an apartment on the 4th floor so I am not sure how to teach her to do "her business" only in the designated area. EX: on the training pads or in the litter box. It is just hard to bring her up and down all the time and it seems that at this stage she might have an accident on the way outside. Any suggestions on how to housebreak and discipline the pup would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

Pets with Children

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Websites for 6 Year Old

I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. I am looking for some suggestions for websites that are age appropriate. We already go on Playhouse Disney and PBS. Are there other free websites for my children to visit?


6 Year Old Boy/ ADHD

My 6 year old boy is loving, caring, sweet and smart but is having a lot of...

Traveling with Pets

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Weekend Getaway That's Baby-friendly and Dog-friendly?

My husband and I were huge travelers before our daughter came along, and we don't want to completely sacrifice this love of ours! We're a bit nervous about it, but we want to take our first trip with our infant daughter in late December or early January. We'd like to bring our well-behaved dog along as well. Does anyone have any lodging recommendations that are both baby-friendly and dog-friendly? We prefer heading north (wine country, Mendocino) or south (Carmel, Big Sur or maybe even as far as Santa Barbara). Driving time under 4...

Vets & Animal Hospitals

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6 Year Old Who Snores

My 6 year old daughter has snored for as long as I can remember. I took her to her Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and he recommended surgery to have her tonsils and adenoids removed. I know this is a common procedure but it still seems a little drastic to me. Are there any alternatives to surgery to help her snoring and get a better night's sleep?


5 Year Old Snoring

My 5 year old son snores horribly at night. I have spoken with the...


6 Year Old Boy/ ADHD

My 6 year old boy is loving, caring, sweet and smart but is having a lot of...