Is it time to wash the dog? Don’t call the vet, just get your kids outside to do the job. This is a great summer activity. It allows your kids to get some confidence and independence around taking care of the animals. It also teaches them how to be patient, how to complete a task, responsibility, tenderness, kindness, gentleness, and a sense of accomplishment. All you need is a large bucket, soap (we use Dawn and white vinegar), a hose, a hot sunny day and a somewhat willing dog.
Your older kids can do this and they can teach the younger ones and if they get good at it, they can offer to wash your neighbor’s dog and make some money. But don’t let them give up too quickly; washing the dog can be frustrating if the dog tries to jump and run around. Help them learn to stick to the task, it will help them learn to stick to other things they need to do in life.
Children need to be outside and it doesn’t always have to be for fun and games. Washing the dog is a good experience and one that will serve your child and your pet well!