There are so many variables to consider when choosing to adopt a new family member like breed and lifestyle. As is the way of things, kids make this process a little more complicated. You want to make sure your new family member is a match for everybody. 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 dogs need to have their own personal space too sometimes.
4. The importance of personal space
Dogs, like people, may love interacting with their family, but they also have boundaries that need to be respected. Give your child an example, wait until they are doing something that they love such as playing a video game, and get very close to them. Ask them if they feel like they need a little more space.
Your child will undoubtedly say yes, they would like more space. Use this opportunity to explain that everybody – even your dog – needs personal space, and we need to respect that. At the end of this exercise, apologize to your child for invading their personal space and explain why you did so.