Living with dogs can be beneficial to kids. But
children and dogs are not always going
to automatically start off with a
If you have a young child and are
thinking of having a dog there are
a few things you need to consider
whether buying a puppy or an adult
Puppies require a lot of time, patience, potty training
and supervision. Puppies also require
socialization in order to become well-adjusted
A puppy may become frightened, or
even injured, by a well-meaning, curious
child who wants to constantly pick
him up, hug him or explore his body
by pulling on his tail or ears.
Adult dogs require less time and attention once
they have adjusted to your family, but you still need to spend time helping your
new dog with the transition to his
In The Right Way:
Small kids should
never be left alone with a dog or
puppy without adult supervision!
Let your child sitting down
whenever it wants to hold the puppy.
For larger dogs, have your child sit
in your lap and let the dog approach
both of you. This way you can teach your
new puppy to treat your child gently.
Children often want to hug dogs around
the neck. Your dog may view this as
a threatening gesture, and may react
with a growl, snap, or bite. You should
teach your child to pet your dog from
underneath the dogs chin, rather
than hugging him over
his head. You should also teach your
child to avoid staring at your dogs eyes.
Children tend to become sometimes
fearful when dogs try to take a
treat from their hand. This causes
them to jerk their hand away at the
last second. Have your child place
the treat in an open palm, rather
than holding it in his fingers.
Children move very quick and have
high-pitched voices. Consequently,
your puppy may respond to your childs
running by chasing him, nipping at
his heels, jumping up at him, or even
trying to knock him down.
At the same time, kids have to
learn to respect a puppy as a living
creature who is not to be teased or
purposefully hurt and needs time