Children and dogs can be a wonderful combination if managed correctly. I grew up with dogs and can’t imagine my life without them.
Putting a management plan into place as soon as your new puppy or older dog arrives will make the transition easier for all concerned. Determine at the outset where the dog will sleep, how to toilet train and what to do when the dog is jumping up or biting.
Enrolling in a professional and well – managed Puppy Parenting Course is essential for a new puppy’s socialisation and education – as well as for the humans. Older dogs can enrol in a Good Manners class to learn good manners and all family members are encouraged to participate.
A private consultation in your home is also an option allowing for training in your own environment and catering to your individual family needs
Unfortunately, children are still being bitten by dogs with the majority bitten by dogs they know e.g. their family dog, Nana’s dog or a friend’s dog.
Children should be taught not to go near dogs when they are sleeping, eating, chewing on bones or have puppies. They should be encouraged not to hug dogs tightly or put their faces next to the dog’s face. They should also not try to pat a strange dog without a responsible adult being present. Knowing how to read dog body language is very important. The following link is a great start for all families:
Dog Body Language – What your dog is desperately trying to tell you! www.thefamilydog.com
In the home environment, dogs need a safe place to get away from children and children should be taught to respect their dog’s feelings and needs.
Planning ahead and putting a management plan into place is ideal when bringing a new dog into a home.
Don’t hesitate to contact me for handouts or further details. I am also available to speak at schools, day care centres or any facility open to learning more about safety with children and dogs.