Children love dogs and dogs can love children. Watching them interact is truly a joy to behold. However to enjoy that joy, you’ll need to teach them both how to safely interact.
Here are a few quick tips that will help.
. Make your dog a social animal.
Start by taking your dog or puppy to places where children will be present. They will get use to the noise and energy that kids exude. When he becomes more accustomed to these things, he’ll be more likely to be calm when around children.
. Teach your kids.
Children, at times, can act without thinking. A rapid hand movement to pet the dog can turn into a biting incident, which we all want to avoid. So teach your kids to always ask the dog’s owner before petting.
. Teach the dog good manners.
It’s not only kids that need to learn good manners, dogs should be taught good manners in public. If someone approaches him the best step forward is to make him sit or lie down. This keeps the dog in a more controllable position for you and makes him see very well-behaved.
This will help your dog and your kids, or strangers kids, to get along,