Kids and Dogs!
Establishing rules, routine and boundaries:
The psychology behind raising a puppy or introducing a dog to your home is no different from raising kids. They’re inquisitive, impulsive, and excitable, but the joy of raising children with pets is immeasurable!
It’s important that you first establish a set of rules and boundaries with both, and teach your child how to interact with the family’s new furry friend.
Quite often, your child is keen to pat it, play with it and encourage a reaction. Some even rush up to puppies and dogs, not realising that such a friendly gesture could provoke unruly dominance or incite an aggressive reaction.
This is the point where things can get out of control.
Your DogTech behaviouralist can help educate your young family on the boundaries of socialising with dogs (no go zones and play zones), provide fun instructions on safety rules and responsible behaviours (feeding, grooming and walking) and introduce several child-friendly Whisper Wise® safety techniques through a series of fun, interactive demonstrations. In fact, these guidelines in the home will also help the way children approach and play with other dogs in the neighbourhood.
Always remember that it is important to choose a dog with the right disposition for your family; one that complements the entire household’s lifestyle, the level of activity and the age of your children. And if you can, bring the entire family into the selection process.
Speak to us about our DogTech Home Set-Up or In-Home Puppy programs, and our acclaimed Puppy Schools, which will help consolidate the loving bond between your family and your puppy throughout its life.
There are so many benefits for children who grow up in a household with pets.