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Kids and Labradoodles

“Where best friends are born”

“Can we get a puppy!”

“Every child should grow up with a dog. I did.”

“Billy, this is Rover. Rover, Billy.” Now what?

  • Do explain to your child that since dogs can’t talk like we do, they communicate in different ways, such as facial expressions, body posture, or barking. Your child should learn to be sensitive to the dog’s behavior
  • Do demonstrate how to interact with the dog. Show the child how to pet the dog nicely, to give the dog some space if it gets anxious, and how not to pull the dog’s tail, or ears, or poke its eye. Carefully explain that a dog is not a toy.
  • Do make sure your dog has basic obedience training. The dog needs to know what is expected of it, and you need to establish a form of communication with your pet. Consulting a qualified obedience instructor can be helpful.
  • Do be consistent in all teaching endeavors.
  • Do supervise all puppy – child interactions. The adult in the household is the responsible party to be sure interactions are fun and mutually respected.
  • Do oversee the dog’s care and well-being at all times.
  • Don’t expect any dog to tolerate ear tugging, tail pulling or the like. Intervene if play gets rough or out of hand.
  • Don’t force responsibility on the child that he or she is not ready for. The dog will suffer the consequences of being neglected, ignored and not properly cared for.