Dog and child: the precautions

To bring a dog into the family is an event which, to be a joy, must be well anticipated especially when there are children

It is a family decision which will engage the responsibility of each one, at different levels well on, because each family member will have influence on the behavior of the animal . It is therefore important at first to choose the best 4-legged companion.

How to choose a dog for your child?

Take a quick tour of your rhythm and your lifestyle , what you are looking for in this relationship, the time that everyone can invest. This information will help you choose or avoid certain breeds.

Personal tastes are of course to be taken into account, but beware of the take-off which is impulsive and exposes you to surprises not always pleasant

When the big baby is 50 kilos and he does not fit in the trunk of the car, we can suddenly see things differently! Well learn about the breed and its future needs (size, weight, exercise, food, maintenance...) is imperative to avoid any inconvenience.

Know the breed of dog

Choose the right one his breeder is also a guarantee of success. Go on site, visit the farm, see the parents, talk with the breeder are important steps.

You will have good knowledge of the breed and advice. If you adopt your dog elsewhere than in a breeding, you can always collect advice from your veterinarian or from a behaviorist.

Which brings me to the following point: the accompaniment for the reception of the animal at home. Whether baby or adult, a accompaniment at home, by a behaviorist, you will establish a harmonious relationship by giving the animal a framework and rules so that it adapts at best at your home.

Understanding your pet , your needs, your messages is a guarantee of serenity on a daily basis. Good basics of dog training are also necessary so that, for example, your children can, under your supervision, keep the dog on a leash without him hustling him.

Educate the child to live with a dog

Then, and this is extremely important, you, your parents, must prepare your children for the arrival of the animal and teach them how to behave with him. Explaining how to take care of your animal, feeding it, taking it out, brushing it, caressing it, how to play with it, how to respect it and respect its moments of calm, are the keys to respectful complicity.

The dog, like the child (up to a certain age), is not responsible for the relationship and any problems that may arise. It's up to the adults to give a frame.

If your child excites the dog or the cat, the bother, hurts him, surprises him during his sleep, bores him when he eats... it is normal that the animal react. So the simplest thing is still to teach the child every day to live with his animal .

Article written by Valérie BARRE for
Canine Behavioralist - Dog Side
And on in Behavioralist

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