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Articles | Introducing Children to Puppies

Date: 2013-01-24

A new puppy can teach children a lot about affection, compassion, and responsibility. To start off the relationship of your children and puppy on the right foot, there are certain safeguards which can help.


Prepare your children
There are many things you can do with your children in preparation for a new puppy. These include reading stories about dogs (or watch appropriate movies), practice handling the puppy with a plush toy or even let them play with a friends dog.


Teach your children to respect the puppy
Another important thing to teach your children before introducing them to the puppy, is to respect the puppy. This means letting the sleeping puppy sleep, letting the eating puppy eat, and most of all to be gentle with the puppy. If your children are mindful of these things, the puppy will certainly feel comfortable around your children.


Introducing the puppy to your children
Have your children sit on the floor when first meeting the puppy. This way the puppy will not feel threatened, and will be able to get comfortable at it's own pace. The last thing you want is for your children to take the puppy by surprise and scare it.


For the first little while, supervise your children at all times when interacting with the puppy. That little extra time spent supervising can go a long way, as both the puppy or children may get carried away during playtime - this can easily and quickly lead to unintentional injuries. Depending on how old your child is, this is also a good time to teach them about how to pick up and hold the puppy.


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