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When you adopt a dog and have a kid in the family, you need to
teach your kid how they, too, can help their new canine family
member. You can't be teaching your dog to obey your commands if
your little one sabotages the process by giving it treats despite
lousy behavior. Training is a dog that is an essential part of
domesticating it. You can't have your dog run wild in the
household, tearing up furniture and wetting the carpet.
Consistency is essential when trying to train a dog. Inconsistent
behavior by another family member, not in line with your training
efforts could make all your attempts futile. If your kid is over
the age of eight, you can easily ask them for help in training
your dog. However, if they happen to be younger, make sure their
actions don't confuse the dog, who is trying to learn what you're
Tips to enable your child in dog training
The following tips will help you make your child understand why
and how they can train the dog -
Tell them to turn their back to unwanted
behavior – Say, your dog is jumping while you're
arriving home with your kids and you'd like it to calm down.
You should all turn your backs to it. When you listen for signs
of it having calmed down, you can turn around and proceed as
you would. Nobody likes an unruly dog greeting their house
guests. Ignoring your attention-seeking dog when it's behaving
in a way you don't approve of, will send it a signal.
Hopefully, it won't repeat this unwanted behavior after a
couple of times.
Teach them how to use praises – A dog thrives
on encouragement and rewards. Teach your kid to observe how
your dog waits for a treat, after having followed a command
well. The dog will lavish you with its attention when you’re
tossing it treats. It may not be equally receptive to you at
other times. Show your kid how they can use treats preciously
to elicit good behavior from the dog instead of pampering it
Just involve them – Yes, training a dog while
having a child around can make the process doubly difficult,
but it doesn't have to be so. Training establishes a bond
between the dog and its humans. You want your child to share in
the joy. So, don't keep him/her away when training your dog.
Your child can lead with basic instructional training like
When you adopt a dog into a family, it is every family member's
responsibility to train it. Don't allow your child to have a free
pass. After all, your dog will be spending as much time around
your children as they will, you.
Can Your Dog Teach Your Kid To Be More Responsible?
There are many pros of having a dog; they help you stay fit, give
you company when you are alone, and safeguards your house from
intruders. But there's more than the happiness and safety factor
associated with dog ownership. If you have kids, then having a
dog is simply incredible because it can teach your kids a lot
about responsibility.Many experts are studying this behavior in
depth, and are revealing interesting facts connecting dog
ownership with the sense of responsibility in kids. They believe
that dogs can make young kids responsible in a number of ways
because dogs are like human beings who require care and love.
How do dogs make kids
Kids, both young and old, can be taught to love and care for dogs
at home. The love and affection eventually manifests into a sense
of responsibility in kids. Let us look at some ways in which your
dog can make your kids responsible.
FoodPerhaps kids have
some idea about fastidious nutritional requirements of dogs.
Keeping a dog helps kids in acting responsibly when it comes to
feeding it. Young kids can be taught to feed the dog, which
gives them an idea why food is required for the dog's health
and development. This would help your kid learn responsibility
and make him feel more involved in pet care at home.
allow your kids to take care of your dog, they learn about
commitment towards the dog's life. They start viewing dogs as
living creatures and pay more attention to it. They will try
their best to keep your dog protected and safe from dangers. As
they get more involved with dogs, they will start viewing them
as living creatures, not toys to play with.
Personal careYou can
help your kids know the importance of personal hygiene and
sanitation if you get them involved in bathing and cleaning
your dog. By taking part in the personal care of dogs, your
kids understand the importance of cleanliness. In short you can
kill two birds with one stone; you take care of your dog's
hygiene and also inculcate sanitary habits in your kids.
EmpathyIt may sound
preposterous but medical care extended to dogs at home makes
your kid responsible and empathetic. Having your kids around
you when you treat your dog for injuries or illnesses will make
them understand the importance of medical care for dogs, thus
making them understand your dog's condition.
your kids gets more involved in caring for your dog, they
understand that they have to be responsible around the clock.
This teaches them how to prioritize their needs, and become
more responsible in their daily lives.