Safety Tips to Follow When Your Kids are Playing with the Dog
By Laura McElroy

Kids and dogs get along pretty well and enjoy each other’s company as they co-exist in their unique happy world. Parents allowing kids to play with dogs should take certain precautions even if the dog is well trained. 

Experts often recommend gifting children aged four to six with puppies as younger children might harm the dogs unintentionally trying to play with them. Sometimes even adult dogs get quite agitated if the kids hurt them by stamping on them or falling on them. 

Always supervise them

It is better not to leave kids and dogs unattended when playing until the kids reach seven years of age. According to Ourfitpets.com, children below three should never be left alone with pets, even if they have been with the family for years. Kids might start imitating actions like a dog eating cardboard or chewing on a rope, which only parental supervision can avoid.  

Sometimes, dogs start fighting with toddlers for toys or treats, and they might nib, bite or claw the children. One family member should always be around the kids and the dogs and a strict no from them will prevent the dog from repeating such activities. 

Train the kids 

It is essential to train the kids not to accidentally step on the dogs, bother them too much when they are not in the mood, and never beat them. Kids usually start biting at everything at a particular stage, and not all dogs will be tolerant to their painful lips. 

Train the dog to sleep only in a specifically assigned corner and train the kids to avoid going there when the dog is sleeping or playing on its own. Make them understand the dogs need their alone time too and divert the kid’s interest with some activity in a locked room with the dog outside if it is too tired to play. 

Eliminate small playthings 

Puppies and even adult dogs might swallow the colorful Lego pieces or the tiny flashy ball moving with music occasionally. It is crucial to avoid such toys when the kids and the dogs are playing together. 

Choose the right type of toys for the kids and the dogs to play together as it is not safe for the kid and the dog to chew on the same toy. Ensure the toys purchased for the kids do not have any sharp protrusions that might prick the dogs when they bite them. 

Teach the kids about bad touch 

Train the kids not to touch the dog’s intimate areas right from childhood as they tend to grab on anything that reaches their tiny palms. Punish them if they try to prick the dog’s eyes or put their fingers inside its ears. Warn them regarding the implications clearly and train them to pet the dogs lovingly. 

Kids might get curious about the dog’s backside, ever wagging tail, nipples, and other intimate parts as they grow up. Instruct them that it is wrong to touch those areas because they are smelly and germ-filled, giving graphic representations. 

Prevent food sharing 

Stopping the kids from sharing that chocolate piece with your new puppy is a tough challenge and the primary cause of dog chocolate poisoning. Always train the kids to eat sitting on the table or the assigned area and not share their food with the pets. Make them give only dog treats and dog food to the dog if they feel like rewarding it. 

Tell them human food might cause diseases to dogs, get stuck in a dog’s throat, or cause tummy aches to dogs. Involve them in feeding the dogs their kibble, broth, or special treat making them feel like adults.

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