More often than not, dogs and children are generally a great recipe for learning. Yet, there may be instances when it seems to be unsafe and risky. If not taught properly, a lot of children and even toddlers may play with dogs a bit too rough.
Dogs show their annoyance and irritation by growling, walking away or even snapping – mostly as an impulsive reaction. So, teach your children how to respect these warnings. If possible, it is best to teach your children to come close to their puppy slowly, offer their hand for the puppy to smell, and when they go to touch, avoid the head, at first, and start with the back area.
Provide your dog a safe place for rest. When a dog feels stressed or tired, often they will walk away. This space and time alone should also be respected by the household members.
The age and health condition of your dog are also important factors to be considered. Sometimes, grown-up dogs have a more difficult time in dealing with children due to possible chronic pains they are experiencing. Or, potentially they have experiences with children and those immediate memories control their reactions.
Here are 10 Useful Ways in Establishing Bond between Your Dog and Children:
1.) Children should never approach a dog while he is sleeping especially without prior warning that you are approaching close to him. A dog sleeping who is surprised may suddenly snap or bite your child.
2.) Supervise activities between your child and your dog. Avoid leaving young children unattended with any animal.
3.) Train your child how to slowly come near to the dog and the proper way of petting him.
4.) Similar to how you speak to your children, talk to your dog in a cheerful and calm voice while gently petting them with your child by your side. You may gift them small treats or reward the dogs with their favorite toy and shower them with praises.
5.) Educate your children to do the same thing. Make your dogs feel that good things can happen when your kid is beside him.
6.) Be present when your child touches their dog to hold and guide their hands. By doing this, you teach your child to be gentle in treating their dog.
7.) Just how you give protection to your child should be the same with how you give protection to your dog from your child. As the leader of the pack, you are accountable in keeping order in the household.
8.) If it is evident that your dog is not up for some playtime, simply tell your dog to go to his spot. And, prevent child in following the dog.
9.) Go over obedience training with your dog daily. It is recommended that you spend a few minutes to just focus exclusively on your dog. Treat it as your quality time with your dog to create your bond. You may also opt to enroll in a dog obedience or socialization class. You will learn from a professional dog trainer how positive reinforcement can be used effectively. It’s never too late to give proper training for your dog.
10.) Exercise time can also be quality time with your dog. You can give him focused attention by playing with him in the park, your backyard or out for a walk.
Keep in mind that without trust, there can never be respect. Similarly, without respect, there can never be trust. Trust and respect are important and they go both ways. Now, enjoy some real family bonding!