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Training A Dog For Children

Jul 10, 2008
If you have kids and want to adopt a dog, then training a dog for children is something you need to think about. There are a lot of families out there who have had an event happen between a dog and child that now causes tension and uneasiness. Children and dogs are not always compatible together. Certain dogs may not be comfortable around children or may not be trained properly at all, causing safety issues. Anyone who has children and has thought about adopting a dog has probably raised the concern as to whether or not that would be best, or if its better to forget the idea.

If you choose the right dog, there will be little training needed to insure the safety of both your kids and your new pet. Luckily, most dogs love kids and are kind in nature so there is a dog that will get along with your children and that your children will adore.

Training a dog for children is not hard. However, it requires teaching the right behavior to both dog and children. You need to make sure your dog does not bite or nip - a task which may be a bit harder with a puppy as this behavior is natural to them. You should also be sure the dog is trained not to jump up as a large dog jumping on a small child can frighten the child and even cause injury.

Choosing a dog who doesn't exhibit unnecessarily aggressive behavior is essential if he is going to be living with young children. He can be trained to play nicely with you and the kids if he has a pleasant temperament. It's just as important for your children to realize that the new pet isn't a toy. A dog might become anxious or aggressive if he is immediately subjected to unfamiliar roughhousing. You don't want him to fear your children or bite them in self-defense.

While it's critical to let kids know that they must be considerate and gentle with a new dog, it is wise not to leave him unsupervised with very little ones. If you allow the youngsters and the new dog to get used to each other gradually and in your presence, that is the best way to introduce them to each other and help them form compatibility.

When deciding on a dog your prospective dog's personality should play an important role if you also have young children. Training a dog for children is easy if the dog has a sweet personality. If you have really small children, you might want a smaller dog. A dog that is both energetic and can be controlled is a good match for a home with older children.
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