Children and dogs in the same household? Is it possible the peaceful and harmonious coexistence between such mischievous and playful beings? Although it is hard to believe, it is feasible and many unbelievers will be surprised at how well they can get along. The secret is in education and in a few more keys that we reveal to you in this article.
Educate in respect
Experts say that around 75% of dog aggressions are usually directed at children .
It is easy to think that it happens because, often, the little ones play with their dogs and, unconsciously, they can become somewhat rough with them.
This can be avoided by making a suitable choice of the dog , depending on the character of the large and small humans with whom it will live.
And, of course, the fundamental key to avoiding these altercations inevitably involves educating and giving some guidelines to the little ones so that they learn to respect and take care of the four-legged companion that they always have by their side.
“Living with a dog reinforces the responsibility of children, as well as love and empathy for animals and the world around them”
Guidelines to achieve a good coexistence between children and dogs
Education has never been easy, it is a task that requires a great deal of will and patience, but in the end you see the sweet fruits. This is what happens with the pedagogy that we have to implement to the elderly among children and our furry ones.
Following the following guidelines, we will obtain the reward, in the form of endearing stamps of harmony and affection.
What must be done
- Choosing a dog
A good idea would be to seek advice from an ethologist, or those responsible for the shelter if it is an adoption, so that they can guide you on the most suitable animal for a home with children.
Keep in mind that the physical characteristics and character of the dog count a lot when it comes to ensuring a good relationship with your offspring.
- Education, education and education
It is not that we are repeating ourselves, it is that we want to emphasize the key word in this whole matter. Without education there is no respect and without respect coexistence is impossible.
For this reason, the first mission of adults is to lead by example; then, educate the children and the furry ones that run around the house.
The little ones have to learn to understand the body language of their four-legged friend and respect it at all times.
What children should not do is disturb the dog when it does not want to play.
- At home, a cozy and serene atmosphere.
The runs and the screams, better to leave them for the mountains. At home, we must ensure that there is an environment that transmits calm to our children and dogs.
Think that starting to run and jump down the hallways can lead to truly stressful and chaotic situations.
- Children and dogs, always under control
When children and dogs are together, the adult must see that everything is going well and act when an incident occurs.
- Before touching a dog, ask questions
Warn your children that they should always ask before touching an unfamiliar dog. Those responsible for the dog will tell us if the dog is meek and allows himself to be stroked with pleasure or is fearful and it is better not to touch him.
What not to do
- Treat the dog like a toy
Be careful, a dog is a living being, this should be emphasized to your child . Tell him clearly that he is not a toy but an animal with feelings and that he cannot shake him or make him mad at any time.
- Bothering him when he eats, rests, or sleeps
Doesn’t anyone like to be bothered when he’s eating, resting, or sleeping? Well, neither do the dogs, it would be missing more!
In these delicate moments, they should not be distracted, as they need their time and space, just like humans.
- Move it to another place
If the dog lies down in one place and does not want to move, the child should not push it as if it were a piece of furniture. Talk to your little one and tell him to leave him alone, that an adult will move him, if necessary.
- Taking food out of its mouth
You have to make it very clear to your children that, even if the dog is a petty thief who has taken a piece of sausage, it should never rip it out of its mouth.
You must understand that sticking their hands in their jaws can cost them a serious displeasure and that it is best that they tell you so that you can resolve the conflict.
- Taking “his” favorite bone or stuffed animal
from him It happens to dogs like children, they become infatuated with some toys and do not let go of them for the world. When a dog plays with what it considers to be its bone or stuffed animal, it should not be snatched from it, as it can unleash its proprietary instinct and bite the nosy.
Explain it to your children and teach them other alternative proposals, such as hiding and searching for prizes .
- Dog tied or lost
Never touch a dog that is tied or lost; Make sure your children are very clear about it and that they warn adults, before approaching the animals.
Finally, we want to remind you that good coexistence between children and furry animals has a lot to do with our ability to understand the body language of dogs. Likewise, it is essential to know what human gestures can put dogs on guard.