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What should be considered when choosing a dog for your child?

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Posted on October 06 2018

Some dogs have a character much more suited to cohabitation with children. Breed alone, however, is not enough to determine the animal's ability to behave well with the younger ones. They must also be prepared by their parents to live with him. Just as precautions must be taken so that this great experience takes place in the best way.

The presence of a dog in the family can be beneficial in more ways than one for children . Working with such loyal, intelligent and endearing animals helps them to build their personalities and acquire real life principles  : respect, friendship, sharing, among others.

Most children express their own desire to have a dog at home. Tender, playful and protective, they are first class companions for them. It should be remembered however that adopting a dog must be a well thought out act , especially when one has children. You must take into account the fact that having a dog can be worth some problems at the beginning of his education.

Teach your child to respect the dog

As much as the education of the dog, that of the children must also prevail when one considers to make them coexist. It is important to explain to your child that the dog is a living being , and that he or she must treat it as such. In other words, respect it . Generally, a child is able to understand this concept only from 7 or 8 years old .

Make him understand that the animal is not a toy, that he has feelings and needs . The dog can be happy, sad, jealous, confident, suspicious, terrified. He needs to love, to feel loved, landmarks, to feed, to rest, to sleep, to rest. He is often inclined to play, but may not feel like it at times, because he is tired or sick.

All this must be developed with the child. Also prepare him for the idea that he will one day be required to take care of it and take care of it when he is old enough to do it. Brushing the dog, walking him and giving him his meals helps to empower the child and make him feel valued .

Pay attention to hygiene

Children's organisms are vulnerable to bacteria and microbes . The presence of a dog may cause some problems in hygiene , you must pay special attention to this aspect. The dog must, of course, be educated to cleanliness from an early age. It will take several months to fully integrate, which means that some accidents will occur in the meantime. Hence the importance of deworming the animal and explain to the children that do not touch his droppings.

Also teach your little ones not to put their hand in their mouth after playing with the dog or with the objects that it has touched. Try to keep the house constantly clean and remove the dog's hair as much as possible, as these are potentially dangerous to the health of the youngest.

Keep an eye on them

Despite an excellent education and a very good character, it can happen that a dog has an unexpected reaction in certain situations. The toddler (between 2 and 6 years old) can, for example, pull on his tail or walk him on the paw, causing the animal a brief bout of anger, but can have unfortunate consequences.

Stay alert and remind your child to be careful not to rush the dog. Also avoid leaving them alone , especially if your child is young.

Some breeds known for their kindness to children

The  breed alone does not determine the dog's behavior towards children, we must also stop thinking that small dogs are less dangerous than big dogs. On the contrary, smaller breeds are more likely to resort to violence. Nevertheless, some varieties have character traits that make them more likely to rub shoulders with them. Another idea to banish: a small dog is less dangerous than a big dog.

Small dogs include Cavalier King Charles , Pug , French Bulldog and Coton de Tulear . These little balls of vitality and intelligence are great companions for children.

For medium-sized breeds such as the Boxer , Labrador Retriever , Golden Retriever , Australian Shepherd , Collie and Brittany Spaniel , all of which are very kind.

As for their great congeners, including Leonberger , Newfoundland , Bernese Mountain Dog , Cane Corso and Saint Bernard , they combine patience and this ability to bring a sense of security to their little proteges.

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