It is difficult to raise and train a puppy in a family with young children. We admire anyone who takes on this challenge!
- The golden rule is to supervise or separate.
- No child should be left unsupervised with any dog/puppy.
- Control the way children behave around puppies. Avoid excessive amounts of rough play.
- Teach children to walk away and ignore the puppy when play gets rough.
- Kids will copy what adults do, and teach them to always ask someone with a dog if they are allowed to pat the dog. Then get the dog to smell their hand while having a closed fist, then pat the dog underneath the chin, or on the chest.
- Have a time out area for puppies away from children so they can have some quiet time, but it’s still a fun place to be.
- Once basic training is in place, get your children to be involved in the training also, under adult supervision.
- If you don’t have children of your own ensure your puppy is socialised with them and has good experiences.
83703500 for Coromandel Valley ( ask for Michelle or Natasha)
Puppy Pre-school Children and Puppies
May 2014 LM/DH/ML