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Kids and Dogs: How to Build a Strong Relationship

Preparing yourself and your dog to meet others in public spaces is great, even if you don't have children. Check out these suggestions from Diamond Pet Foods, our preferred brand of dog food.

young girl hugs german shepard puppy
Creating a cohesive relationship can be very rewarding

SUPERVISION: It's important to keep in mind that both puppies and kids tend to display erratic behavior, which can be challenging to predict at times. Therefore, it's always a good idea to monitor their interactions closely to ensure their safety and well-being.

TEACH KIDS HOW TO APPROACH: It is important to educate children about the proper way to interact with dogs. They should always ask for permission before approaching any dog, and know that not all dogs may be as friendly or receptive to attention as their family pet. It is crucial to teach them to read a dog's body language and understand when a dog may be uncomfortable or scared. This can help prevent accidents and ensure a safe and enjoyable interaction between children and dogs.

LET THEM EAT! As dogs are naturally territorial animals, startling a sleeping dog can trigger their protective instincts. The same goes for eating or chewing, where even the most non-aggressive dogs can become extremely protective of their food or toys. Therefore, it is essential to teach children to respect a dog's space and give them the necessary privacy to avoid any harmful consequences.

aggressive dog being held back
Teach your children the signs of an unfriendly dog

KNOW THE SIGNS: Dogs may exhibit different behaviors depending on their emotional state. Fearful dogs may show signs of anxiety such as repeatedly yawning and licking their lips, crouching low to the ground, tucking their tails between their legs, or rolling on their backs as a sign of submission. On the other hand, aggressive dogs may appear more dominant by standing tall and firm with their head held high and their hackles raised. They may also bare their teeth and snap at the air. It is essential to recognize these signs and provide enough space between your kids/family and the dog when necessary to avoid any potential risks.

SOCIALIZE EARLY: The ideal age to teach socialization is between three weeks and four months old. By exposing puppies to different environments and experiences early on, they will develop greater confidence and less fear in new situations.

young child and golden retriever puppy in the grass
Start young with training and socializing

Remember that a well-trained puppy and well-educated children will ensure a happy home and positive pet experience for everyone. See our post on the Proper Socialization of your puppy!


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