Kids First Pet Video

Little fuzzy things crawling around the studio. Not to mention the animals! The Dads offer their hints on buying your child his or her first pet. No animals were harmed in the making of this hamburger, er, show.
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Clay Welcome back to this week in the lab. I am daddy Clay. Brad I am daddy Brad. You know it seems that as soon as kids can walk, they are toddling after anything on four legs. Clay And if you don't already have a pet, the whining starts about age four. Daddy, can I have a Mastiff, daddy can I have a gorilla, daddy can I have water buffalo? Brad For some families with young children thinking about adding a dog or cat to the mix, it's just overwhelming. Clay Or if you are like me, you've got allergies or you don't like the idea of animals biting your children or another mammal in the house crapping on the carpet. Clay Dude, are you a animal hater? Clay They are perfect for the grill. Brad We suggest that you consider starting small, that's why we've come with a dadlabs guide, the starter pets. Now there are a lots of good reasons to buy your kid a pet. Recent studies have shown that pet ownership comes with a multiple health and emotional benefits. Kids that have pets miss fewer school days, have a lower incidence of asthma, and they also have higher self esteem. Catherine Well, they really get them to be more responsibility about things, if they are put in the position of helping to take care of them. To learn how, what, ways are involved in taking care of them, and that the animal that's dependent upon them, to get the proper care. It also teaches them patience, it teaches them how to handle things with gentle touches, because a lot of little kids tend to squeeze, or push on things too hard, and you can modify that behavior. Clay Pet ownership also affords you an opportunity to teach the kids a life lesson without seeming like you are teaching life lessons. You know, things like being responsible, nurture, care take, is good stuff. Catherine Some children are ready at the age of two or three to be a participant in taking care of a pet. Some children are not ready until they are nine or ten. Obviously a child that is showing an interest in pets, that would be one that you would probably choose sooner. But a lot has to do with a child, and what they are capable of, and what they are capable of understanding. The biggest thing with little pets and little kids, is there is lots of chances for the pet to be on the receiving end of the wrong kind of care or treatment. So the owner is really the parent, and if the parent is ready to have a pet, I think you could pretty much start at any age. Clay See you honey. I don't know if your family is like ours. Three kids, two careers, who has got time for a pet? Come on guys, get in we are late, please hurry, and if you manage to finally get a couple of days to think of vacation, then you got to worry about putting the dog in a kennel, or hiring a teenager to take care of it. Please where is other shoe, you think it's hilarious, where is your socks? Brad So start with low impact pets. Here are few that we really like. Clay Bugs. I mean, what could be a lower impact pet than an insect? Now my three year old is really crazy about these bug kits that come from insect floor. Here you can see there is a variety of insects that you can choose from. Here is an ant farm, these are lady bugs, and the lady bug larva. This is an enclosure for beetles. Hot favorite is the butterfly garden. Now in the box, you get a little enclosure like this. You got a card, you fill it out, you send it in, and in a few days you get the live caterpillars. Cool thing here, they've got all the food and everything they need. You just watch it, and in a few days they climb up in the lid, and they create their cocoons. You transfer the cocoons, end of the enclosure, and in a few days the butterflies emerge. It's so cool, my three year old everyday I came in door, he has got a full report, dad, they are making cocoons. Oh, now one is emerging, he was absolutely fascinated. Here's the kit we used at home. This is a slightly larger enclosure. We yielded about ten painted lady butterflies that are emerged from their cocoon

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