Family

Pets for Play and Companionship

Dogs can become just like members of the family. Children, in particular, can be so attached to their family dog that they do not realise that the dog is still not a person and needs to be treated differently.

As a parent it is best to watch children around dogs, especially at certain times. For instance, children should not approach a dog when it is sleeping. Your dog’s sleeping area should be a quiet place away from the main part of the home, where it is able to sleep without being disturbed. Separate your child and your dog when the dog is eating a meal or a treat. Dogs should also not be around during family meal or snack times, when food, and its ownership, may become an issue. Discourage your child from approaching a dog that they do not know, no matter now friendly it may seem.

Remember, it is your behaviour towards all animals which your children will copy. Your gentle and kind treatment of all creatures and especially your family pets will be a great model for your children to copy. Seek to never frighten, hurt, surprise or tease an animal.

If a dog warns you that it is unhappy, remove the child from its vicinity immediately. Such warning signs are if the dog stares at you or the child, raises the hair on its back, growls, backs off or lifts its lips. If the dog has taken food or a toy from your child teach them to come to you for assistance rather than to attempt to approach the dog themselves.

In order to assist you to supervise dogs and your children, exterior folding systems in your home enable you to open or close the doors when the situation calls for it. Many times throughout the day your children and pets will want to play together, which will be appropriate, but there are times when you may wish to keep the children and the dogs apart. Exterior folding doors enable you to do this with ease and comfort. Brio’s exterior sliding door hardware is practical and durable, as well as being stylish and attractive.

If your child wishes to pat a dog, make sure that they ask you first. The owner will know best if the dog is happy to be patted by children, whether they are known to the dog or not. Ask the owner if they will hold and reassure the dog. Supervise your child while patting the dog. Place your fist gently under the dog’s nose in order to allow it to get your scent and not be afraid of you. Do not make sudden or aggressive movements, and be very gentle and careful about not hurting or threatening the dog in any way. Approach the dog from the side and from angle. Move slowly and calmly and stroke the dog gently on the chest or under the chin. Stop the patting immediately if either the dog or the child begin to be unhappy.

Most of all have all the family members enjoy each others company – whether they are two-legged or four-legged. Build relationships with care and gentleness and kindness.