Children may tend to be unwelcoming or generally scared of animals. This may not be because your dog is hostile, but is usually common in cases of a new pet addition into the family. However, your child will definitely need to get along with your dog, if you’re planning on keeping him for long. Who else will make his/her broccoli disappear under the kitchen table, take the fall for missing homework or make us drool over their undeniable cuteness? Yeah, they need to be besties and not just get along. This will definitely happen by following these tips to the letter. Here they are:
Train your dog to be friendly
The way you train your dog determines how your child will respond to it. If your dog is trained to be hostile, it will definitely display this hostility and your child will interpret this behavior as scary. Well, even if your dog barks at outsiders, it shouldn’t bark at your child. You’ll need to find that balance and work with improving it.
It is easier to make children laugh than it is for adults. Your child may find a simple game of peek-a-boo to be really hilarious. They are simple minded, hence teach your dog simple tricks which your kids will love. These tricks could be playing fetch, rolling over, playing dead or commands which you’ve already trained them to know. Having your dog do these tricks will make them seem interesting to your child.
If you’re taking your newborn on a stroll, tag your dog along. Include him in trips, picnics, car rides or even when going to the daycare. This will help your child identify your dog as another family member and warm up to him more. Once you do this often and your child gets to feel your dog’s presence, their friendship will get to build.
Teach your child how to touch your dog
Once you’ve allowed your dog to go to your child, (if they’re of age) teach him/her how to properly hold your dog. Some children tend to squeeze or suffocate pets, which may incite a reaction from them. To prevent an emergency situation, your child should know how to touch a dog. Dogs prefer to be touched on the side of their faces, or even under their chin. You can do this by petting your dog you’re your child, this will take the initial fear away. Lastly, teach your child to never sneak up on your dog, especially when he’s asleep.
Children generally relate well with dogs, this is because most dogs don’t see them as threats. But in the event in which your child and your dog just do not get along, introduce these tips and thank us later.