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Dog Duties
What's Your Job?

Hey, kids! Do you help take care of your dog? There are many things you can do to help out with your dog that really don't feel like work. Find your age below and the jobs that could be good for you, and then talk to your parents about how you'd like to help out.

 

Remember that even petting your dog is an important job that needs to be done everyday.
Parents click here for more about these jobs for kids.

 

Choose Your Age:
Age 4
Age 5
Age 6
Age 7
Age 8
Age 9
 
Age 10
Age 11
Age 12
Age 13
Age 14
Age 15

 

Age 4

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog for a few minutes with your parent's help.

3. Give your dog a treat by dropping it on the floor for him to pick up.

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Young boy with Golden Retriever

 

Age 5

1. Pet your dog every day.

2 Brush your dog for a few minutes with your parent's help.

3. Help walk your dog by holding on to the same leash your parent is holding. Some leashes have an extra loop.

4. Give your dog a treat with your parent's help. Put the treat in your open palm and let your dog take it gently.

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Cockers like children.

 

 

Age 6

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog with your parent nearby.

3. Help walk your dog by holding on to the same leash your parent is holding. Some leashes have an extra loop.

4. Give your dog a treat with your parent nearby. Put the treat in your open palm and let your dog take it gently

5. Practice simple tricks with your dog, like 'Shake Hands."

Kids like big dogs, too!

6. Play ball with your dog with your parent's help.

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Age 7

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog with your parent nearby.

3. If you have a small dog, take him for a walk, maybe in the yard. If you have a big dog, walk your dog with your parent's help.

4. Give your dog a treat with your parent nearby. Put the treat in your open palm and let your dog take it gently.

5. Practice simple tricks with your dog, like 'Shake hands."

Kids like puppies! 

6. Play ball with your dog or throw any toy for him to bring back (retrieve).

7. Learn the commands that your dog knows, like sit and stay, and practice them with your dog.

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Age 8

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog.

3. If you have a small dog, take him for a walk, maybe in the yard. If you have a big dog, walk your dog with your parents' help.

4. Give your dog a treat. Put the treat in your open palm and let your dog take it gently.

5. Practice simple tricks with your dog, like 'Shake hands."

Kids like Beagles.

6. Play ball with your dog or throw a toy for him to bring back (retrieve).

7. Learn the commands that your dog knows, like sit and stay, and practice them with your dog.

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Age 9

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Practice tricks with your dog, like 'Shake hands."

6. Play games with your dog, like fetch, hide and seek.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

Kids can help bathe their dog.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Help your parents bathe your dog.

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Age 10

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog.

3. Walk your dog.

3. Give your dog treats.

4. Practice tricks with your dog, like 'Shake hands."

5. Play games with your dog, like fetch, hide and seek.

6. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

7. Feed your dog every day.

Kid's love all pets.

8. Help your parents bathe your dog.

9. Wash up the dog's dishes.

10. Put out fresh water for your dog.

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 Age 11

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Brush your dog.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Practice tricks with your dog.

6. Play games with your dog.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Help your parents bathe your dog.

 Taking care of puppies is fun.

10. Wash up the dog's dishes.

11. Put out fresh water for your dog.

12. Teach your dog some new tricks.

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 Age 12

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. For difficult jobs, ask for help.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Teach your dog some new tricks.

6. Play games with your dog.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Help your parents bathe your dog.

10. Wash up the dog's dishes.

Kids can take care of their pets!

11. Put out fresh water for your dog.

12. Give your dog a weekly checkup.

13. Attend and assist your parent at dog obedience classes.

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Age 13

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. For difficult jobs, ask for help.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Teach your dog some new tricks.

6. Play games with your dog.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Help your parents bathe your dog.

10. Wash up the dog's dishes.

11. Put out fresh water for your dog.

Older kids can help with dogs, too.

12. Give your dog a weekly checkup.

13. Attend dog obedience class, with your parents observing.

14. Sweep up the dog hair.

15. Brush your dog's teeth with assistance, if needed.

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Age 14

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Teach your dog some new tricks.

6. Play games with your dog.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Bathe your dog.

10. Wash up the dog's dishes.

11. Put out fresh water for your dog.

12. Give your dog a weekly checkup.

Older kids can be very responsible. 

13. Attend dog obedience class, with parents observing.

14. Sweep up dog hair.

15. Brush your dog's teeth with assistance, if needed.

16. Schedule vet appointments when asked.

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Age 15

1. Pet your dog every day.

2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog.

3. Walk your dog.

4. Give your dog treats.

5. Teach your dog some new tricks.

6. Play games with your dog.

7. Practice the commands that your dog knows, like sit, stay, and down.

8. Feed your dog every day.

9. Bathe your dog.

10. Wash up the dog's dishes.

11. Put out fresh water for your dog.

Older kids can do everything with their dogs.

12. Give your dog a weekly checkup.

13. Attend dog obedience class.

14. Sweep up dog hair.

15. Brush your dog's teeth.

16. Schedule vet appointments when asked.

17. Pick up dog poop.

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How to Become Responsible

 

For Parents:

As parents, you know that some kids are more independent and mature than others. Use your own judgment to decide if the activities on this page are appropriate for your child's maturity level. Pay close attention to your dog. Children may not complete their chores and the dog will need assistance. The age level activities on this page are only guidelines. Always supervise young children when they're with the family dog.

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Here are some books that will help explain responsibility to children:

Responsibility
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Character Education: Responsibility, by Lucia Raatma, Book
Reading level: Ages 4-8, 24 pages, Publisher: Bridgestone Books (January 1, 2000)
This is an excellent little book for Pre K-3rd graders. It has lovely photographs and a sentence or two on each page that use experiences familiar to children to demonstrate the meaning of responsibility.
Do I Have To?
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Do I Have To? Kids Talk about Responsibility, by Nancy Loewen, Book
Kids Talk Series, Ages 4-8
See the world through a child's eyes with this book for character education. Using real-life experiences, advice columnists Frank B. Wize and Tina Truly write to kids about how to handle sticky situations in fun, creative, and responsible ways!
Saying you'll do something and actually doing it are two different things. Tina Truly writes about how to manage these responsibilities.

 

Here are some books with lots of tricks!
trick is in the training

The Trick is in the Training: 25 Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog, by Stephanie J Taunton, Cheryl S. Smith
From an Amazon.com reader: This is a terrific book, especially for beginners. The book is very well illustrated with bright, clear, color photographs. The instruction is easy to follow and fun to read. There is a good variety of tricks in which to teach your dog. It is a very FUN book that makes you want to start training your dog right away! Note: This book is very simply done and should be readable by 4-6 graders.

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Dog Tricks for Dummies, by Sarah Hodgson
Written for adults, the all-in-one source for play training made easy! This friendly guide shows you how to teach your dog tricks, from the simple (wagging his tail) to the extraordinary (fetching a soda from the refrigerator). Dogs of all ages can learn new tricks, and this book's step-by-step instructions show you how to train your special friend to perform. Includes special sections on camping, winter fun -- even getting dogs into show business!

 

What is Responsibility?

 

 

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