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 and explain that as much as they are a part of the family, they are not humans.
9. Dogs aren’t humans
You’d be surprised how often children expect human responses from canines. Talk to your child about the differences between humans and animals, if that seems necessary.
Focus this discussion on how your child is able to communicate their wants and needs with you because you both speak the same language. Explain the way dogs understand humans, and go over the dog command training again, if needed.
Talk to your child about how your dog is not able to speak English like them, so they find it much more difficult to “explain” what they might need. Use this conversation to talk about how important it is for your child to watch your dog for what they might be trying to say. You yourself may find this article on dog communication pretty fascinating.