Monday, February 19, 2018

Children and Puppies

February 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Puppy Care

One of the things that can cause parents to pause before considering bringing a puppy home is how it will get along with the children. This is an area of concern that causes many a parent extra anxiety. Something that has worked time and again is to bring the puppy into a quiet room with the child and letting the child give him a treat. This sends the message to the puppy that this is someone that he can trust. While this may work, use caution and don’t put the puppy in a situation that he is not ready for.
If the children have been prepared for the arrival of the newest member of the family it should go rather smoothly. Give them the opportunity to ask questions about anything concerning the puppy that may be on their minds. Giving your children instructions on how to play with and act around the puppy will lessen the possibility that the puppy will feel scared or try to bite them. Take an evening and read a book to your child on puppy care. Show them how to pick up the puppy without harming it. It is always good, especially if this is the first family puppy; to set some parameters as to how much the children can take part in handling the pup.

It seems that children are curious about different parts of the puppy, such as the ears and the tail. In fact, many children tend to want to pull the dog’s tail or pinch his ears. Let your children know that hitting or hurting the puppy in any way can cause it to become aggressive toward them.

One thing that should be avoided is giving a child the impression that the puppy is his or hers. Remember that dogs are pack animals and that they quickly sense who the leader of the pack is. If one person is made the pack leader, then the dog will naturally try to dominate the rest of the pack (family members). It is best that all in the family care for the needs of the puppy, while the parent(s) oversee the arrangement. Train your children to show love and affection toward the puppy thereby nurturing it into a lovable people pet.
Some other things that children can be taught to avoid is playing tug-of-war with the puppy. This may seem innocent and entertaining at first, however the puppy begins to think that it is alright to play rough even as it gets older. Children are great imitators and are fascinated with the sounds a dog makes, but it is best that children avoid barking or growling at the dog so as not to scare it.
Parents, take the necessary amount of time to teach your young ones how to treat and care for their new puppy. If proper training is given and followed, the whole family, including the newest four-legged member, can live happily together.

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