101 Dog Care Tips: Young Children and Dogs

Kids can be rough. They also have trouble showing empathy. If your child is acting too rough with your dog it is likely that your child does not even realize s/he’s hurting the dog. Young children do not understand how rough and boisterous behavior can aggravate a dog. As a parent it is important to step in and make sure the relationship between your children and dog is functional and happy.

Three common kid behaviors that annoy dogs are:

(1) Shouting

I don't like a rough wake up

 (2) Grabbing

i don't like it when you grab my ears or my tail

 (3) Rough wake ups

i don't like when you shout at me

 To effectively correct this behavior, you should spell out the rules and consequences for your children. You will need to revisit these rules and be consistent in your punishment. It is important to note that you should never threaten to get rid of the dog when punishing your kids for breaking the rules. Instead, use positive reinforcement. Praise and reward your children when they treat the dog in the appropriate way.

Looking for more tips on dog ownership with young children?

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Children

Dogs & Kids: Introducing your Dog and Baby

Dogs & Kids: Introducing your Dog and Baby Part 2

Dogs & Kids: Introducing a New Dog into your Home

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