There is nothing more delightful to watch than your kid playing with your canine companion at home.
Kids will always have a special bond with a dog. I remember my friend’s daughter learned how to say their dog’s name before even saying “Mommy or Mama.” There are also funny stories about dogs protecting babies. Isn’t that amazing?
It seems like they communicate or talk even though we know dogs don’t have verbal capacity, well same applies with babies and toddlers, and young children because can’t express themselves so much.
When our kids spend time with our dogs, it develops our children’s sense of caring at an early age. Though they might still not fully understand, they will know that it is important to care for dogs and not hurt or mistreat them. That could be a good foundation of teaching your kids how to be a better person.
When we let our kids pet our dogs, we also allow them to have a sense of responsibility, like for example, they have to take care of their dogs, they have to give him food or water. A dog’s unconditional love is a great feeling. Pets can be a great way to practice respect in kids. Kids can also work on their social skills when they spend more time with dogs, they will have a bit of an idea about family.
Never leave them unattended
Toddlers should be supervised well enough when they are with your dog. You have to be there to make sure any untoward accident will not happen. For example, if your child will get your dog’s toys, would that make your canine friend upset? Of course, when you teach your child to pet your dog, you have be there physically. Ensure that you guide her, and that there are limitation when it comes to petting your dog. For example, tell him avoid doing things that might agitate your dog. Show the kids how to handle your dog properly. The last thing you need is an anxious dog.
At some point, both the dog and your toddler will be naughty and that of course, is inevitable. For example, if your dog would do things like creating a mess, your kid should tell you. That mess should be handled by you, not your child. Although our kids would most likely mimic our behavior towards our dogs, we still have to remind them of the things that they can and can’t do.
Dogs enjoy their own space, so we must explain that to our kids. We can tell them that dogs, just like humans, need to be alone to rest and sleep too, and that they should not be bothered.
Lastly, try to understand that child and dog bonding is necessary but it has limits. Everything should be balanced and managed. At some point your kid will grasp the idea of it and that he should treat animals with respect and impart that trait to other kids like his classmates, neighbors or friends.
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