Kids and Pets: Pre-School Children

Pre- School Children

Teach your young children the do’s and don’ts of interacting with their pet and they’ll have life-long skills that will help them be confident and loving pet owners.

  1. By no means, should children approach any stray animal.
  2. Request permission first from the owner of the pet they wish to play with.
  3. Let an unfamiliar dog smell their hand first before they start petting the animal.
  4. Warn them not to play around with a dog that is eating.
  5. Children should not take any toy, bone or other essential foods from a dog.
  6. Teach them never to tease an animal.
  7. Kids should not run or yell when a dog is approaching them.
  8. Remind them to always be gentle whenever they play and talk with their pets.
  9. Children should learn that pets are their pals.  You have to explain to your kids that giving their animals the same treatment they want to have is a good start. Animals too have feelings and can get hurt just like how humans can be hurt. Teach them not to pull the ears of their dogs or jump on their backs.  Have fun and be safe!

Any other tips?  What did I miss?

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Today is National Kids and Pets Day

It’s one of those obscure holidays yet it does make a lot of sense.  Today, April 26th,  is National Kids and Pets Day!

Now, isn’t that what concerns us the most when we’re introducing a new pet into a home or when we have a pet and our introducing a new baby?

Here are some helpful hints from Chris Hayden, a veterinarian technician with PetFirst Healthcare. The full article is available here.

    1. Teach children to approach animals slowly and to not reach for the animal’s head.  Start petting the back first and avoid the ‘belly’ area until you know a little bit more about the animal.
    2. Watch toddlers, who can step on tails, pull and tug on ears – we have the words to tell them to stop doing that to us.  Your dog only has his back and little nips to let your toddler know he’s being hurt or to not touch him there.
    3. Avoid giving your dog toy’s that look like baby’s toys or clothing.
    4. Let older children assist with pet care. It’s wonderful to see them bond and understand the responsibility of caring for another.
    5. Be sure your child(ren) knows to leave the dog food, treats and water alone (unless their helping with the care and feeding of your pet).

      Any other helpful hints you would like to share to celebrate ‘the day’?

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