I was asked about how kids should interact with dogs when you have a new dog.
Some people ask what are the best dogs for families and I can say from experience that it is not about the breed, it’s about the education of your precious ones your child and your dog.
A story: How I am around kids
In the apartment block where I live, in Italy, there are many dogs around, and I am the smallest one there.
There are also may kids there and the smallest little boy is called Mattia. Now, Mattia likes to pick me up and I don’t like that at all it hurts me when people pick me up. When he runs towards me, I run away and hide behind Tania or Gianni. I do that not because I am scared, common I am from Africa where there are Lions and all kinds of wild animals. I run away because I trust that they will protect me from Mattia.
I have never growled at anybody nor bitten any anybody, but it is better safe than sorry.
Tania or Gianni would see that I am irritated, and they would warn Mattia’s parents that he should stop pestering me. I am just a small dog, unfortunately, bigger dogs might not have the training that I have had and if the early signs are ignored an escalation to a bite could be a possibility.
Why should there be safety rules for kids and dogs
Children are often bitten by the family dog and sometimes the guardians are surprised by that.
Why did the dog bite my child?
It’s not about the dog it’s about the child and the way they act around dogs. When a child is bitten by a dog, they have a fear for the rest of their lives but when they are educated they will become dog lovers like you.
This will prevent my brothers and sisters from being rejected as pets or worst, being put down for something that could have been prevented by understanding what drives a dog to bite.
Dogs never bite without giving a warning, but while some dogs might growl, tense up, or bark aggressively at you, others will give subtle or quick warnings, they might be easy to miss.
This is what you should teach your child:
Which Dogs are good for Children
As I said it is all about education when it comes to dogs and kids. However, you need to bear in mind the age of your child, your home environment and your lifestyle and get to learn about the temperament and general nature of the dog prior purchasing it.
Remember, dogs can unintentionally harm children and likewise children can also confuse poodles with soft toys thus injuring them- often fatally. So, choosing of a suitable dog for homes with children is of crucial importance.
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Words of Wisedom
Now that your dog has a name, it has been fed and your children know how to be safe around yours.
Next time we will get your dog into a daily and sleeping routine which is naturally one of my favorite things to do