Dog and child: a special relationship

The dog is a fabulous companion for children . It contributes to their awakening and even to their education. Indeed, the child learns to take care of his animal, to respect it, to to be a little responsible . They watch over each other and share many moments of complicity. It is always amusing to note that the puppy or the young dog is often attracted to children, and vice versa.

Who chooses the dog?

From a pedagogical point of view , I think that the dog contributes to a certain extent to the development of the child because of the strong emotional relationship that binds them. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that even if the child is involved in the care necessary for the well being of the dog, it is still parents who will have to deal with most of the dog.

Adopting a dog so that it is a companion for the child is a good motivation but should not be the only one; it is a family decision because the dog can not in any case represent a toy for the child. In one way or another, he will be in contact with all the family members, all of whom will have influence over his education .

Puppy or adult dog?

Ideally, it is easier to have a pup that will be more malleable and more permeable to the lifestyle of the family. The child and the puppy grow together and acquire a great complicity in education as in nonsense elsewhere. However life is made of unforeseen and the arrival of the animal is not necessarily part of a planning.

It is then quite possible to adopt a adult dog, There are many cases of adoptions that are best spent in the world to prove it and fortunately. The child can very well befriend a dog adult. The dog meanwhile will surely be less player than a puppy but the relationship can still be very strong.

I would say that these questions puppy or adult dog, how old for the child, which race... are important but finally, there is no rule . On the other hand, the child like the dog can not in any case be responsible for the different types of problems which can occur between them.

The responsibility of the parents

The whole responsibility falls to the parents, as soon as the decision of adoption. No question give in to a whim of the child who wants a doggie as it claims a stuffed animal. Parents have a responsibility to teach their child to behave well with their dog. A child will naturally want to play, wear, dress his dog, lug around everywhere to give him chocolate... and many other things. It is important to explain to the child what he can do with his companion and what is not recommended or even forbidden .

There are also great stages of development of the child during which the latter evolves in terms of behavior and tests things and in particular its strength. It is a normal stage during which dogs, cats and other animals are scapegoats used by the child for his experiments. We pull the ears or the tail, we catch it by the skin, we hit him on the head... In short, it is a sometimes difficult period for the dog. It is not a question of malice on the part of the child but just a learning of the pain that it is able to inflict thanks to its strength.

The bites are also frequent in these moments. So before getting rid of his dog at the first warning, would not it be more judicious to prevent by educating the child and by monitoring his games with his animal?

So, it must be remembered again, the vigilance is required. Keeping an eye on the child and the dog helps avoid incidents . Being counseled is also a way to get off to a good start and to make sure that both dog and child will be able to move serenely together and become the best friends in the world!

Article written by Valérie BARRE for AllCreatureAnimalClinic .com
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