Some Simple Do’s and Don’ts
- Supervise children and dogs every second they are together. Pair positives for both kids and dogs.
- Reinforce the children for being good to the dog.
- Teach the kids to be calm and gentle around the dog.
- Teach your kids that the crate is the dog’s safe place. Children should not be allowed in the crate with the dog.
- Teach your children not to disturb the dog when he is in his crate.
- Look at your children’s friends as new training opportunities.
- Watch to see your child is not being too obnoxious or rough with the dog. Watch the dog for signs of stress and call him away before he gets too anxious.
- Never let your children discipline the dog. Associative learning occurs all the time.
- Try not to let your children over stimulate your dog: running, high-pitched screams or running at the dog can trigger the prey/chase drive. When this happens it is better to give the dog a rest in his crate away from the excitement. It is not fair to expect a dog to be calm in that type of environment.