There’s no denying that the bond between dogs and kids can be beyond precious. But with being a responsible parent to furry kids and human kids alike, you’ll want to read through these tips that our Lodge & Learn trainer, Edward, shared in my interview with him!
Where should you start when introducing a dog to children?
“You’ll want to have a baseline on your dog. This means you’ll want to know what is normal behavior and what is nervous or confused behavior. If you notice your dog overly excited, jumping, drooling or mouthing, you’ll want to step in and give your pup a break before he reaches the growling and snapping stage of stress. Meeting tiny humans can be overwhelming for pups. It’s always best to end on a positive note with your dog and praise the progress that they’ve made.”
How would I introduce our family dog to a new baby?
“You know your pup best. If you trust that your dog will not harm the newest family member, allow the dog to sniff the infant’s baby blanket and see how he will react. Your dog will have had on average, 9 months to notice change with the new baby furniture and mommy’s growing tummy. Your pup will need to understand that the baby is a part of the pack, so proper introductions are extremely important! If you have doubts, please contact your trainer, they will properly evaluate your dog for any prey drive or territorial traits you should be aware of.”
Why is it important to teach children how to properly greet a dog?
“It’s important to teach our kids a few simple rules to follow when first meeting a new dog. The first and most important rule is to never approach a loose dog. Whether the loose pup is exploring the street or wagging its tail, it’s safer to just avoid greeting the loose dog. Rule 2, teach your kids to ask the dog’s owner if it’s “ok” to greet their dog. If the owner says yes, then petting the pup gently on its side will be best. If the owner says no, trust them that they are looking out for your child’s safety and their pup does not prefer to be pet by new people which is ok too! Rule 3, if the dog is avoiding your child, help your child leave the pup alone. A scared pup is more likely to react trying to defend itself.”
Edward has been training dogs for over 10 years, and we always value his experience and advice when it comes to caring for the pups at Pawderosa Ranch. If you need any advice or guidance with your pup and introducing them to children, please call us at 210-404-9941 and Edward would be happy to help you!
Until next week…Well Wishes and Puppy Kisses!
At Pawderosa Ranch we welcome all dogs to come play and stay with us! Each rancher is cared for by a specialized staff who understand the benefits of dog daycare and lodging and who are passionate about making Pawderosa Ranch the best dog boarding in San Antonio. We can’t wait to see your pup!