When considering to adopt a new family member there are so many variables to consider, like breed and lifestyle. Kids make this process a little more complicated, as they tend to. 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 being safe around the new dog.
7. Safety always comes first
Sit down with your child and talk about safe and unsafe times to approach or play with the family dog. Use photographs that display certain situations, such as when a dog has a ball and is asking to play and when a dog is eating their dinner.
Help your child to identify these safe and unsafe situations and quiz them to test their retention. For example, your dog may have a problem with resource guarding, and if that’s the case, it’s absolutely vital to warn your kid and also address this problem in the dog.