1. Prepare, physically and financially for pet ownership. Pets need food, shelter, and medical care.
  2. Owning a pet requirers commitment in time and energy. Be ready to commit to caring for a pet.
  3. Make sure that your children are mature enough to understand the rules of pet safety, and make sure you supervise the play.
  4. Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle.
  5. Properly train and socialize your pet.
  6. Seek professional advice on problem behaviors.
  7. Sometimes there is a simple solution.
  8. Identification tags on your pets, or have them microchipped.