Kids and dogs are so cute together. However it’s important to make sure the interactions are safe and mutually desired. Here are our sure-fire ways to promote positive and safe interactions between your kids and dog.
- Allow your kids to engage with your family dog in a way that benefits both kids and dog like running around outside or playing fetch. Both can get out energy and have some fun.
- Avoid rough play like wrestling because this type of behavior can escalate and potentially turn into a bite (even if unintentional). It also teaches your dog that aggressive behavior is acceptable.
- Even if it appears that your dog is tolerating close interaction, avoid face-to-face contact such as hugging and kisses. Dogs don’t it like when their personal space is being encroached upon.
- Don’t let your kids tug at your dog’s collar or neck. This is very threatening and could result in an aggressive reaction.
- Be the cheerleader and protector of your dog. If you are stopping undesired behavior, your dog will sense that you have it under control. If you let your children have rough or stressful interactions with your dog, your dog might take things into his own paws.
Remember to be patient with your dog and kids during this process! After all, any relationship is a work in progress. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or ask one of our fantastic trainers!