Peaceful coexistence of a dog and child
Dogs are by nature social animals. They live not one by one, but in flocks-families, where together they bring up the younger generation. And dogs related to children with tenderness and patience are very, very much. You just need to take steps to ensure that family relations evolve harmoniously before the appearance of the child in the house. You will have time: while the child sleeps peacefully for most of the day in bed, it does not represent a strong stress factor for the dog. Stress will begin when the paths of the baby and dogs begin to intersect in the narrow space of the apartment.
Where to begin? Start with the training. No need to indulge in complex systems and prepare the dog for competitions in training. But a few simple necessary in the daily life of the teams need to bring to perfection. Approach, movement at the foot, the command “stand”, “place”. Obedience must be impeccable so that the dog is manageable and reliable in the street. This will allow you to combine walking with the child and the dog together. So you kill three birds with one stone: the dog will not be forced to walk less, joint walks will strengthen the consciousness of her family (not only you) and you will not need to walk twice. In addition, it would be nice to introduce her to the children — surely someone of your familiar dog lovers has children. If the dog communicates with other children, as a rule, there are no problems when you have your own child.
When a baby appears in the house, do not isolate the dog from the family’s life from the very beginning, closing it in one of the rooms or in the hallway. Give her the opportunity to look, to sniff it. You should not leave them alone — until you are sure of the dog, but let her be present at your worries — while talking to her, communicate — then she does not feel forgotten and unnecessary. Do not listen to those who panicked about the threat of “every kind of infection from the dog.” If you keep the dog clean, watch out for its health, there will be no danger to the baby’s health. By the way, doctors have long noticed: urban children raised in sterile conditions had weak immunity and were sick more often and heavier than village children growing up surrounded by animals.
When the child begins to walk and look for contact with the dog himself, you need to make sure that from the very beginning the communication develops in the right tone. Teach the baby not only not to offend, but also RIGHT to caress the dog. If the child does not hang over the dog, does not clasp the neck, snuggling with force, and crouches down in front of the dog and will grasp the hands (not squeezing) the dog BOTTOM, will show the characteristic position of the puppy asking for affection and protection. This position is just blocking the aggression of an adult dog.
Teach your child to listen to the dog and explain that if the dog growled, you need to leave her alone and not take her toys. Even if the dog is friendly and patiently endures childish pranks, and then it is not recommended to leave them alone — simply because the dog can drop the kid in a sudden movement, playing out too heavily, grabbing it. Well, if in a relationship there is tension, be especially careful. Read the dog’s mimic and with signs of stress, excessive excitement, transfer the game to another channel or end it. Do not punish a dog that exhibits a stressful aggressive reaction in a way that further increases stress. Try to calm down first. For example, having strangled for an evil growl, immediately praise, caress — as soon as the dog stops grumbling. Smooth and gentle tone of voice best relieves tension.
And another moment. Complaining about the manifestation of intolerance, aggression by a dog, remember how you treat a child (and a dog) YOU. The old proverb says: as it goes around comes around, so it will respond. If you shout at the child and at the dog, while walking around distributing the crack, it is unlikely that the dog will behave otherwise. Whether you like it or not, dogs (like children) unconsciously copy the style of your communication and build relationships based on what they grew up on and what they used to. That is why inadequate people most often have inadequate dogs.