Dogs and Children Together Require Thought and Care

Dogs should never be left alone with infants. Breed characteristics come into play too. The herding breeds are bred to–herd–and they will attempt to herd your children around the home unless your dog is trained not to do so. This adventure could be upsetting to a young child.

Toddlers could hurt toy breeds by dropping it, holding it too tight or falling onto it.
The puppy is a great deal more coordinated than your kid, after all, and needs the child to”play like a puppy.” Breeds that were bred to be guardians can get agitated by kids engaging in horseplay or running around the house.

Your kids and your dog can be best buddies, or there may be friction between the two. Both dog and child need to be trained to respect each other. Otherwise, you will discover yourself having to scold the other–or both. There needs to be a fantastic match between the character of your child and the dog. If you’ve got a high energy child, you want a puppy who can keep up, including a laboratory or a retriever. Very tiny dogs do not like romping with kids as much as the bigger breeds. Small dogs and puppies may be injured by children that aren’t careful how they treat their dog. Aggressive behavior in children–poking, pulling on or hitting the dog–may result in a dog snapping or becoming fearful of the kid. And aggressive dogs can react badly to things like a kid yelling, or sudden movements that in the dog’s perspective seem threatening. Bear in mind; almost any dog will snap if severely provoked.
The dog’s safety may be a problem as well. Children can forget to shut doors or fence gates. Many times that is the way a dog escapes and has dropped –or worse gets hit by a car. An astounding number of puppies have separated from their owners this way every year– an entirely preventable problem. Everyone in the household and even your child’s friends who come over need to be educated to maintain screen doors latched and fencing gates shut. Losing a dog a youngster has only become bonded with is a tragedy no kid should have to go through. When you research the various breeds, determine which ones are most prone to escaping the house. Some breeds love to run and take any opportunity to do so.

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