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6 Tips for Introducing Your Child to a Dog

 

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6 Tips for Introducing Your Child to a Dog

Dogs are so cut…until they are not. Many kids think that they are cute and cuddly, so they tend to feel more comfortable around them. As a result they might run right up to a dog they don't know and get bitten.

Snakes and snails and puppy dogs' tails. Not just little boys, virtually all children are fascinated by dogs and the feeling is very much mutual. Notice how one's own dog runs to the window, ears perked up, when he or she hears kids playing in the next yard or the park down the street.

Yet, just as children need to learn proper etiquette in meeting people, so, too must they learn how to meet dogs. A bad early incident can leave both physical and mental scars for life.

Many of the rules apply to both puppies and adult dogs, so those can be dealt with first; our 6 tips for introducing your child to a dog:

6 Tips for Introducing Your Child to a Dog - Buckley

 

The Rules

1) A dog is not a stuffed animal. Long tails and floppy ears need to be treated like the child's own ears or fingers. Do not tug, pinch, and certainly never attempt to pull a dog along by the tail.

2) Speak in a low and happy voice at first. Dogs are very sensitive to human emotions. Loud talking or yelling is something they perceive as barking. That makes them excited and excited can mean leaping up and possibly knocking down the child.

3) Extend the back of the hand towards the dog's nose. Let the dog come to it and have a good sniff. Dogs treat human scent like an offered business card; this is how a dog gets to know a person.

If the dog is an adult and belongs to say a friend at a house one is visiting, there are other rules of etiquette:

1) All the same procedures as listed above, but also remember this is the dog's house. Pay it respect.

2) Do not attempt to take the dog's food bowl or approach it while it is eating. Some dogs won't mind this; those dogs that do mind it, really do not like it one bit.

3) There is a fine old phrase: ‘Let sleeping dogs lie.' If the dog is curled up on a chair or sofa, do not attempt to move it. Again, some dogs won't mind; others will mind a lot.

6 Tips for Introducing Your Child to a Dog 3Lastly, if the child is timid about dogs, here is a simple method to make both sides comfortable. Loop a long leash around the adult owner's waist and attach the business end to the dog's collar. This avoids Scruffy jumping up on the child and the two of them can get to know one another when both are ready.  Good relationships with dogs can be a comfort through out life, so children should learn at a young age how to treat a dog.

 

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