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.

Age Appropriate
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.

 
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.

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. 

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

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.
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.

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.
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.
 
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.
8. Feed your dog every day.
9. Help your parents bathe your dog.

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.
8. Help your parents bathe your dog.
9. Wash up the dog's dishes.
10. Put out fresh water for your dog. 

 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.
 10. Wash up the dog's dishes.
11. Put out fresh water for your dog.
12. Teach your dog some new tricks.
  
 Age 12
1. Pet your dog every day.
2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. For difficult jobs, ask for help. Your parents are responsible to check your work.
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.
12. Give your dog a weekly
checkup.
13. Attend and assist your parent at dog
obedience classes.

Age 13
1. Pet your dog every day.
2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. For difficult jobs, ask for help. Your parents are responsible to check your work.
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.
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.
 
Age 14
1. Pet your dog every day.
2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. Your parents are responsible to check your work.
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.
 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.
 
Age 15
1. Pet your dog every day.
2. Take responsibility for brushing your dog. Your parents are responsible to check your work.
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.
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.