Dogs are a person’s best friends. Although that may be true to many of us adults, it may be a different story to some kids. Your son or daughter is scared to death when your Chihuahua is near them. Maybe because your pet is a bit rough and makes threatening sounds for some reasons. Perhaps your Rottweiler does too much licking or your bulldog shows his teeth with a gnash. Behaviors like these maybe intimidating to your children. But these troubles can be avoided. You can train your puppies to play nice with kids.
Here are my proven ways to make your dog be a best friend with your kids:
Constant Togetherness: Once you have your puppy, let it spend regular time of togetherness with your kid/s. Since dogs have an excellent sense of smell, they’ll get use to the scent of your children. Let the puppy just walk or stay around the kids while the latter are working on their blocks or Legos. Welcome the dog if it comes uninvited during study time on the floor carpet. Make him feel a significant part of the family; they can sense it. And your pet will “respect” your kids and they will be sweet and behave when restrained later on.
Let your dog spend regular time of togetherness with your kids so that he/she can get use to the scent of your children
Be a Best Friend: Related to what I said above, togetherness means friendship. You can make your dog be a best friend with your kids if he is treated well. Train your kids to care for their newfound darling. Teach them to play nice with him. If they’re kind to their pet, he will most likely reciprocate. Never let your son or daughter be rough with their dog. Avoid pinching, punching even in a jokingly manner, or throwing stuff at the animal. Also, tell them it’s okay to hug and kiss their pet, but that they should not squeeze him too much. The dog might get hurt and react with a snarl.
You also need to teach your kids play nice with your dog
Respect Dog’s Sense of Space: It’s crucial also for kids to learn how not to tease or scare their dog. Pets are smart. They know who are kind to them and those that are mean. Teach your children to respect the sense of space of their pet. When their dog is sleeping or eating, they should leave him or her alone. If the dog is sick, they must refrain from touching or shaking him or her. When in these situations, dogs get irritated, and they react like animals not as friends.
Teach your children to respect the sense of space of when he/she is sleeping or eating, your kids should leave him or her alone
Talk Often: Interacting with the dog is as effective as talking to a person, well almost. Since they are sociable, dogs like to be talked to. They only bark or wag their tails, but that’s enough proof they’re having a good time “engaging” with you. It’s usually your pet dog that welcomes your first the moment you get home. They can hear your car. They can smell you from a distance.
Talking often will build a good relationship between your kids and dog
Teach your kids not to ignore their pet, but remind them to include it in almost all interactions, even when they’re too tired from school. Give it a welcome smile, hug or gentle strokes.
Be Gentle: Tell your kids that whenever they’re talking to their dog, it’s better they come closer to him so he feels their warmth and sincerity. They should never raise their voice especially when playing and talking with their pet. Look them in the eye. Don’t command while a distance apart and standing. The rule is to maintain a friendly tone always. Even when your kids need to train or discipline, they must be sweet and firm at the same time. Both can be done.
Feed, Feed, Feed: It helps a lot to be around your pet, be kind to them, and engage them.
Another way to train puppies to play nice with kids is by letting your children do the feeding. Dogs feel some sense of gratitude to their masters. And when I say master, I’m talking about the one who gives them their meals and snacks. Let this be part of the routine of your child at least in the morning and at evening time (before and after school as long as their schedule allows). That way, he or she develops an attachment to the dog and vice versa. Because the dog feels indebted to its master, it is most likely behave, even during playtime.
Let your kids do the feeding, your dog will feel closer to your children (image source: doggycrap)
Train Early: To train your puppies to play nice with kids, whether with your own children or those from the neighborhood, everyone in the home should train the dog early. Training begins with spending time with your pet, welcoming them into your world, and being nice to them. When friends come, carry your puppy and welcome them and their kids. Tell your dog, like teaching a toddler, to say “hi” and “be nice” to your friends. As a matter of training, do not let the dog play with your child’s toys, and remind your kid this important rule. Similarly, tell your child to refrain from playing with pet toys. Let your dog (and your kid) know that rule, and that they play only with what belongs to them.
Reward System: When their dog behaves well and plays nice, give him his favorite treat. When it plays rough and causes some trouble, talk to him gently but firmly and say “No”. When it obeys, say “Good boy!” or “Good girl!” Then, give the pet their reward. Repeat the process as often and be patient until the dog learns that playing nice with kids is very important. Soon, it becomes the norm. Again, always reward your best friend, but be gentle when correcting.
When your dog behaves well and plays nice, let your kid give him his favorite treat like a hug, kiss
You notice that it is not hard to train puppies to play nice with kids as long as you employ reward system, you train them early, and you let your kids feed their pets and be gentle toward them always. It is also important that your kids talk to their dog often, be best friends to him and be gentle in handling him. Finally, constant together, especially when the dogs are still young, is a sure way to train puppies to play nice with kids. Dogs can be your kids’ playmates if you follow what I advised.