Kids and dogs. What’s a mom to do? Brothers and sisters fight like cats and dogs, no matter what we do to stop it. Our pets are seen like our kids too, but fortunately, we can train our pets and teach our children certain practices to ensure a healthy relationship for a happy household. It can seem impossible, but we are here to help. A cohesive family unit is key with your canine and children! Here are some tips to follow when dog training.
Training Your Pet
It’s important to establish a relationship with your pup from the beginning, and it’s very important that your children feel included. Training games are great tools for cooperation between your dog and children, and also get the dog great exercise! It’s important to note mastering should take place before introducing any children and adult supervision should always take place. Some favorites are hide-and-seek, fetch, and tug-of-war. Age discretion should be used, but this is a great way to incorporate your child. This also minimizes possible scenarios in which small children try to play with pets in your home inappropriately.
Teach Children Boundaries
This can be said for several behaviors, but it’s very important to understand dogs need personal space! Set aside some kennel time if you wish, or time in your pet’s bed to show your children personal space is necessary and needs to be respected! Start these habits from the beginning so both your pet and child learn these behaviors, and do not need adjustment in the future.
This is a super easy task in which children of all ages can be involved in. Let your kids play the groomer while also building a bond with them! Treats can be given when you first start grooming after you and your children are finished. It’s very important to praise positive behavior! Over time your will pup show no restraint to being groomed, but treats can still be incorporated at your discretion.
Making sure you take all the necessary steps for dog training correctly are completely worth the results you’ll receive. It’s an absolutely mandatory component in creating a loving home for your canine and giving your child a lifetime friendship they will never forget! What methods have you used in your home? Let us know by leaving your comments below!