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 know how to safely de-escalate unsafe situations.
13. De-escalate unsafe situations
If you see your child putting your dog in an unsafe situation where they may bite or feel uncomfortable, confront your child immediately and take your pet out of the situation. Give your dog an “out” where he can escape and de-escalate while you remind your child about the things you talked about before bringing your dog home.
Always take the opportunity to correct your child if they exhibit an unsafe, unfriendly, or unacceptable behavior with your dog. Talk about the situation that took place and ask your child how they could have acted differently. Require your child to apologize for their actions if and when it is safe to do so.