You got a new pet? Congratulations – we wish you the best of luck with the training process. You have children, too? Did you know that they’d need to be trained as well?
Your kids, energetic and loud, could easily be compared to pups themselves, will have some things to learn while interacting with their new companion. While it’s easy for a child to playfully tug on ears or a tail, or chase and run, actions like this could unfortunately result in a scratch or a nibble.
When you decide to add a furry member to your family, it’s important to implement some simple rules in order to keep your new pet and children happy, healthy and safe.
- Always be seen and available when a young child is playing with an animal of any kind. A neighbor’s pet or even yours could very-well-be trustworthy, but an accident is always possibility.
- If your animal is eating or chewing on a toy, give them their time and space. Dogs and other animals are prone to “resource guarding”, and don’t enjoy their personal space being invaded.
- Don’t be too rough while petting or playing, make sure to not tug or pull your animal or approach suddenly from behind.
- Your children should not approach an animal you don’t know before asking an adult if it is okay. If it is, don’t make excessively loud noises or sudden noises while meeting them.
- Much like you wouldn’t enjoy being disturbed when you’re asleep or resting, your pet doesn’t either. Don’t allow your children to attempt to hassle your pet while they are sleeping or resting. It is reasonable, if they call the pet from another room and the pet chooses to get up and come over to the child.
- While humans love affection like hugging and cuddling, it is often misunderstood that all pets love this as well. Teach your children to understand that their pet may not enjoy these kinds of interactions the same way your child would.
- It will be hard for your children to know what their furry friend is feeling, whether it is fear and anxiety or aggression and anger is they don’t like something. Try your best to explain the signs your pet shows depending on its current state of feelings.
It is always important to remember that pets may be apart of your family, but they are still animals. Above all, it is important for your children (and everyone else), to remember that your dog, cat, or any kind of pet, is a living creature to be cared for and respected.
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