Bringing a dog into the home when you have kids in the house can present a real challenge. However, if you take the time to train the dog as well as the children, it can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of your life. Yes, the dog needs to be trained but in reality, so do little people. The following tips are offered by ZPETS online pet retailer so that you have a foundation for the training you are about to embark on.
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Manners Extend to Pets as Well
Every parent knows that it is their job to teach children good manners. Whether they are playing with their friends or their animals, there is a code of acceptable behaviour to follow. For example, no one likes it when you get right up in their face. The same holds true with dogs. You never get right in a dog’s face but should approach the dog from behind or from the side.
Your child should learn that a dog also needs his own space so they shouldn’t insist on holding them close if the dog wants to walk away and it is really never a good idea to try to pick the dog up, even if the child is strong enough. Some dogs don’t take well to being carried and it is just good manners to let your dog have his space.
The Absolute Need for Supervision
The number one rule for parents is never leave your children unsupervised. This holds true at all times and in all circumstances. You never leave your child playing unsupervised with his or her friends outdoors or in the playroom so why would you leave your child alone with a dog? Stepping away even for a moment could have devastating results.
This is especially important to keep in mind if the dog is new to the household. Puppies usually don’t present much of a problem but grown dogs adopted into the family may at some point exhibit aggression towards a small child. Remember, that child is small and a new dog may see it as prey. It can be overcome but not without proper supervision.
Give Plenty of Rewards
We have all seen how dog handlers reach into their pocket for a biscuit if the dog performed as they should. This is a reward to tell the dog it did a good job. You can use this technique at home as well during training. Be aware of the fact that your child will expect a reward too, so have some people snacks available so you can offer a reward if your child has behaved and participated in the training.
Somehow we think that it is only the dog that needs to be trained but in reality, children need to learn a healthy respect for their pets as well. You will not find a more loyal companion for your child than a family dog so it is vital that you get the relationship off to a good start. Let your little people help you with the training so they are able to issue commands and they will be so very proud of their successes. It’s all about how you approach it that makes a difference and with the right technique, dog and child will be well behaved in no time at all.