If you want to teach your kid to be responsible then you should (like all other qualities) should start very young. The younger they are the easier it is to embed good qualities that they will grow and nurture as they grow older. And when it comes to teaching responsibility, I think there is no other easier way than to get your child a pet to look after. And as far as pets go, dogs are your best option.
Dogs are friendly and loyal creatures. They have almost similar human traits like comradeship, loyalty, ensuring your loved ones are safe, etc. and other human emotional needs (I am not saying other animals don’t have these. What I am saying is dogs portray these easily).
Looking after a pet is a huge responsibility and if your kids get a hang of it then this might help them to develop their personality. If you are thinking of getting a pet for your kids then you should make sure you get a young pet so that the pet will have time to grow up and love your kids and get accustomed to them. It also ensures that it prolongs the inevitable (death of a pet) and that your child won’t have to deal with a loss of a pet.
Let your child name your dog (I know…I know…the dog can end up with a super hero name) so that the child feels closer to him/her and have some belonging and possession (‘I named him”, “she is my dog” etc.). Tell your kids (emphasize) that they are his/her pet and you are responsible for them.
Establish a routine. Make sure they follow it. If they forget it don’t harass them but simply prod them in the right direction (Ex: “Don’t you think that he looks a little sad? Why don’t you take him out for a walk on your way to your friend’s house? You guys can play fetch with him together right?). Always keep an eye on how they to it and whether they do it at all. It is your responsibility to ensure the pet’s wellbeing as much as your kids.
Always take him/ her with you when you take your pet to the vet in Adelaide.
That way they know how important something like looking after the health of your pet is and they can get first hand tips on how look after a pet done by the animal expert. It would also teach him/her how to do this without your help (if need arises) in future.
A dog is also a good way of ensuring that your kid has a good friend. If he/she seems to be isolated in school and find it difficult to move and communicate with kids their age then a dog is an ideal candidate for a friend.