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25.04.2020

Dog Behaviour. Children and Dogs. Dog Safety. Covid 19.

Safety of children around dogs
With many of us being home at the moment with children, including my hubby and I with our two, here is some useful advice in regards to children and dogs interacting.
Children are more likely to be attacked by a dog they know. Supervision is key, do not be complacent, dogs are not fluffy babysitters.
Never allow a dog to snatch food from a child.
Children under twelve should not correct or reprimand any dog. Timing of correction or reprimand is paramount and the ability to judge this and knowledge about this can be lacking with children under this age (and yes, some older). There can also be issues with a dog’s ‘respect’ for a younger child and potential risks involved here.
Do not let children take a dog’s toys away and play with them. Although your dog should not show elements of aggression or resource guarding (as well do not make ‘scarcity of resources’ a reason for aggression) teach respect for your dog and make sure your dog has his or her own bed to go to and toys to engage with.
Allow children to assist with feeding but not be solely responsible for the act. This can be a highly energised time and is best done by with the aid of an adult.
Children need to be ‘trained’ by adults to maintain social distance. Obviously, we as adults are very familiar with this concept with what our world has gone through.
It is not a good idea to go up and put your face up in your dog’s face. This can be threatening and irritating to your dog.
Do not let children disturb your dog when he or she has gone off to rest.
Dogs have more sensitive hearing than us. Loud screaming around your dogs should be avoided and frankly is not pleasant for anyone.
As a general rule, dogs dislike being hugged.
Children should be taught to be respectful and not your dog roughly. Teach your dog to respond to verbal commands rather than having to be touched.
It is totally unacceptable to allow a child to climb on or step on your dog. They are not a piece of play equipment!
At the end of the day it’s most important that we encourage our children to be polite and caring to the animals they are interacting with, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.

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