By: Brandon Butler, Guest Writer

Has your child been begging for a pet? As a parent, you’ll have to make some big decisions, like which kind of pet is best for your family, and how to help your child take a hands-on role when it comes to raising your new pet. We consulted San Francisco based certified dog trainer and behaviorist Beverly Ulbrich for tips on how to find the perfect animal companion for your household—and encourage your child to get involved with the training process! 

Most pet parents are guilty of it at one point or another—babying your dog. Whether it’s extra cookies, carrying them around, dressing them up in cute outfits or just plain letting them get their way, we can treat our furry friends the way we would treat our toddlers. But could this be making a good dog go bad?

San Francisco based dog trainer Beverly Ulbrich is helping us outline the pros and cons of treating your dog like a child.