INTRODUCING YOUR NEW DOG TO YOUR CHILDREN
Bringing home your new furry companion can be an overwhelming situation. As now your dog is in a new surrounding so he needs some time to get used to it so you need to be patient with him. While introducing your children to him, you need to be alert and careful and explain to them that dogs are living animals so to be gentle with them and don’t try to harm them by pulling their tail or ears.
You should stay alert when your dog is around your children. There are a number of things that one should keep in mind as both dog and children don’t understand cause and effect rule. So, the dog owner should teach his children how to act on first meeting. As dogs may get scared so have your children sit on the floor for first few sessions. Involve your kids while carrying out dog’s training sessions as this may help your children to learn how to bond with a new dog. Dogs can become a great companion for children but it takes some time to build an understanding between them.
Take some potential safety measures to avoid any unfortunate incident.
- You should teach your kids that the dog is not their play-toy and must not treat him that way.
- Teach your kids not to frighten him as it will result in dog-bite
- Monitor your dog’s interaction with your children and make sure that he is comfortable around your children.
- Take the dog for a walk along with your children to create a comfortable neutral environment.
- Teach your children to pet gently and see if he is ready to interact if he doesn’t respond then ask your kids to take a step back.
- Be ready to intervene if any uncomfortable situation occurs.
- Teach your kids not to tease the dog.
- If your dog starts growling then don’t punish him as he is in a new environment and needs some time to get acquainted.
- Tell your kids not to scream as it can scare the dog.
- Don’t let your new dog have the treat from your kid’s hand as your dog is not trained yet.
- Tell your kids not to stare the new pup as it may intrigue him.
You need to understand that this is a stressful situation for the dog so you need to give him some time to get along with your kids. Never leave your dogs unattended around your kids. He is in a new place so he may seem hesitant at first but once he gets comfortable around your children then they may become best of friends for life. Teach your children to have empathy towards your new member of family.