We are continuing our series on steps to prepare your kids for adopting a new dog. If you are considering to adopt a new dog there are so many variables to consider, like breed and lifestyle. Kids make this process a little more complicated, as they tend to. Making sure your new family member is a match for everybody is incredibly important. One important thing to do when you are considering adopting a dog when you have kids is to make sure you have a conversation with them about how to properly interact with dogs.
11. Interactions between kids and dogs
Just as you would do with a new baby sibling, show your child how to handle and interact with your new dog. Emphasize the importance of being gentle and respectful. This is both for the safety of your kid and your new pet.
If you bring an older dog into the family, it may be more dangerous to allow your kid approach the dog without prior teaching on how to do this. Most dog breeds love children and are generally patience with humans, but they’re still animals and can be unpredictable at times, so don’t let your kid accidentally agitate the dog.