In general dogs and children make
a good combination but it is safe to say that dogs and children
do not always mix. Some dogs are too large, boisterous
and can be very active, often bred for guard duties or as working
dogs (these breeds can often frighten small children), other dogs
may be too noisy or appear aggressive. There are however many
breeds of dogs that are child friendly and have suitable temperaments
to mix with even the smallest child.
your dog and children
is worth remembering that
children will have to be trained on how to treat a dog, so you
should plan to spend lots of time training both the dog and
the children. It is frequently stated on other pages describing
specific breed types that certain dog breeds are great with
children if they are well socialised, this may seem obvious
but it is vital in creating a successful relationship and a
much loved pet.
It is a fact that dogs and children can be the best or
the worst matches and it is safe to say that the breed of the
dog is not the only factor that determines how your children
and dog will get along. Because all dogs, regardless of breed
type will be individuals. Whilst he breed type is an important
factor, it is only one of the properties that make up tthe temperament
and behaviour of any dog you choose. Below ae some more factors
that will help you choose the best dogs for children.
your dog with children.
If a dog is to be in an enviroment
with children it is important that the dog be well trained,
it should be obvious to both dog and child that there is a
bond between owner and dog and the dog is both obedient and
responsive. Because children (especially young ones) can often
be unpredictable and are often noisy and excitable, all of
which can be confusing for dogs and they could even find it
threatening, it is important that an adult be present at meetings.
Try to introduce your dog to a new child, or conversely a
new child to your dog slowly, preferably in a calm quiet environment.
Get the dog used to the new noises and smells
Remember getting your dog child tolerant not only apllies
to children within the family, thought should be given to
visitors or children you might meet on walks etc.
may be necessary, initially, to keep your dog on a lead when
your children with dogs
With children iit is your duty as
Parent(s) to teach them, as early as possible, how to behave
around dogs. Often young children will be rough with dogs,
as a form of play, tugging ears or tails, pushing them ar
trying to take things from their mouths or just generally
tormenting them, this can overwhelm the dog and can often
cause a reaction, a dog may respond to this by growling or
even worse snapping or biting. This type of behaviour must
be discouraged from the beginning which makes it important
not to leave dogs and small children alone, parents should
always be nearby, supervising their actions. Generally children
under 6 years of age will usually require extra supervision,
above this age they often will start to develop meaningful
and rewarding relationships.
Encourage your children to play gently with the dog at first
and any touching or stroking should be of a gentle nature,
avoid any patting or teasing.Probably
he best way to educate your children into acceptable behaviour
around a dog is by your example and how you interact with
the dog yourself.
with new babies
It is very important your dog should
be taught to be quiet and restrained around new babies, no jumping
or barking, get the dog familiar with the new smells and noises
associated with a new baby. Any new baby or small child should
be encouraged to be calm and gentle around your dog especially
if they are puppies.
As a precaution it might be advisable to muzzle your dog during
early meetings and try to avoid any reaction from the babies;
sudden movements or noisy actions.
Some suitable dog breeds for families with babies :-
As babies move into the toddler stage
they become more mobile, physical and curious which will affect
his behaviour towards dogs.
Toddlers are often excitable and like to play and touch new things
which can mean a tendency to pull tails and ears, ruffle coats
and even poke eyes. Toddlers can try to play with the dogs toys
and possessions. With some breeds this behaviour may be tolerated
but some dogs can be possessive about their possessions and space.
At first it may be better to try and avoid balls, bones, sweets,
and other favourite objects being around when a toddler and dog
With this in mind small children should not be left in the same
room with a dog, ideally an adult should
always be present. Despite how good natured the dog may be, small
children generally have no judgement concerning dogs which sometimes
leads to behaviour that even the best natured dog cannot tolerate.
Try to teach your toddler to be respectful of your pet, discourage
any inappropriate behaviour, like tail pulling, suddenly and roughly
grabbing the dog, trying to carry the dog in uncomfortable positions,
and bothering sleeping dogs. Replace these unwanted behaviours
with alternative, compatible, and mutually enjoyable ways of interacting
with your dog. Positive reinforcement of good behaviour can help
both dogs and toddlers. Let them both know when you like their
behaviour. Whenever your toddler is calmly petting your dog, tell
him he's doing a good job. If your dog is calmly accepting having
your toddler being a little rough, give him a treat (and then
remind your toddler about the right way to handle the dog!). Consistently
rewarding good behaviour from both of them and discouraging any
innapropriate behaviour will make for a better relationship between
your toddler and your dog.
Some suitable dog breeds for families with toddlers :-
suitable dogs breeds for families with children
There are undeniably some Dog Breeds
that are suitable for placing in the same environment as children..Some
obvious factors to consider are that some dogs are so small they
may get injured easily by young children conversely some dogs
are large an very active which could be an accident waiting to
happen around young children.
suitable dog breeds for families with older children :-
At last, you have found a new dog for your family. and now you
will find that having a dog is a wonderful way of enriching your
child’s development and create memories that will last for
years to come. The bond between dogs and kids is nearly always
a joy and maintaining this will require work, training both your
child and dog together takes time, responsible parenting and responsible
dog ownership will bring their own rewards.
For more information about specific breeds visit our Popular
good dog breeder should always be able to offer advice about the
suitability of the breed with children.
further information about dog breeds visit our
Popular Dog Breeds page
and Pages of Interest on www.pettrendy.co.uk
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