KIDS & DOGS
Jumping, pouncing, biting, chase and be chased - that's how puppies play with
To your puppy, a child on all fours is just a funny looking dog.
A running, squealing child is irresistible.
your 5 year old boy frequently played by sitting on your 3 year old and the
3 year old used to just
yell or cry but over the last week has started hitting back will the 3 year old now hit regularly?
The answer is, that as long as you let the 5 year old harass him instead of playing appropriately,
then yes, because the cause of the problem has not stopped." - Sophia Yin
and Dogs and Problems, Oh My!
from Sympawtico Dog Training
answer to the question:
"Is it safe for our Labrador to live with our kids?" by Sophia Yin
STOP! Stand up tall, fold your arms, and stand STILL.
Fast movements and high pitched voices excite dogs. Stand still so he can't chase you. Fold your arms so no body parts are dangling or waving. Stand up tall and you'll seem more like an adult.
the object to your chest.
If your dog is trying to steal your favorite toy or peanut butter sandwich, avoid holding it above your head or hiding it behind your back - this could encourage the dog to leap to grab it. Instead, stand up tall and hug the object close against your chest.
a safe word - something you say when you need mom's help.
"I'LL TELL MOM!" Mom will step in to help you whenever she hears these words, so you'll always have back up. Try not to squeal or cry - these sounds remind the dog of a puppy or a squeaky toy - and how do dogs act around puppies and squeaky toys? Raise your body and lower your voice.
Keep your prized possessions out of reach.
Close your bedroom door when you go to school. Don't taunt your dog with your favorite toy unless you want it to be chewed up later. It looks like so much fun when you play with it, of course your dog can't wait for the chance to play with it, too.
He stares at you when you eat because it works.
Don't share your food unless you enjoy being pestered every time you eat. If he's certain that you will share, he's more apt to steal from you!
Hold your hand still when giving food rewards.
Dogs grab for moving targets and might get your fingers, too. Hold your hand flat and still while you let the dog take it. Remember, food treats are REWARDS for following a command, not freebies! Talk to mom and dad about how to train the dog and what are appropriate food rewards.
your parents take care of the dog.
You'll look more like a grown-up if you help your mom and dad provide all the things the dog needs. If the dog gets in trouble, tell your mom and dad, don't deal with it yourself.
SUPERVISE all interactions between kids and dogs.
Bites usually happen when the parents are absent. Kids don't always make the right choices. They don't recognize or heed the dog's warning signs. You need to BE THERE!
children how to play appropriate games and STOP ALL INAPPROPRIATE FORMS
It is your
job to reprimand the kids; it's never the dog's job.
is your job to reprimand the dog; it's never the kid's job.
With guidance and supervision, older kids can help with feeding, walking and grooming. It's good for the dog to see them as providers of all things important in his life. But remember, it may be Little Johnny's dog - but it's mom's responsibility to help Johnny take care of his dog!
and Higgins at the 2006 Spokane Public Library
Summer Reading Program talking about dog training, safety and pet care.
Excellent article on Kids & Dogs from the San Francisco SPCA
this great source for child safety and bite prevention information:
Part Two: Toddlers and Dogs
Good with kids?
photo courtesy Bea Wachter
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© CAROL A. BYRNES "DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF" Training for Dogs & Their People -
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