Children and Dogs
One of the most valuable things you can teach your children is how to speak dog. Dogs communicate with their whole body from their nose to their tail. Dogs won't bite when a warning will do but there are many ways they will tell us that they are uncomfortable before they raise their voice (growl). If, over time, these earlier signals (saying please) are ignored, the dog may learn to dispense with these altogether and progress much quicker to biting.
Children will naturally be excited about your new family member and want to handle them but to build the foundations for a strong and trusting relationship, we need to teach them how to do things with the dog, not to the dog and recognise when the dog is asking for space.
Understanding the Body Language of Dogs
I have produced a handout below, which can be printed off
The videos below are from www.familydog.com and their Stop the 77 campaign, an online dog safety campaign for families. It is called Stop the 77 because 77% of dog bites are from a family or friend's dog.
Teens and Dogs
There are lots of articles and resources about teaching younger children how to interact with dogs, but what about teens? In this article, I talk about ways teenagers can help with puppies and why the changes their brains are undergoing means we are asking a lot of them if we ask them to take pup for a walk