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Our dog has been with us for almost nine years, and I can say that our family's relationship with him is most rewarding. Our daily routine has changed.
Having a pet, be it a dog or a cat or another animal at home, requires commitment, responsibility and dedication. After all, a dog is one of the family.
Only those who have a dog at home can understand what their relationship with people is like. If you asked me to tell you the advantages of having a dog at home, this article would not end. Perhaps for this reason, I do not understand how there are people who are capable of hurting or mistreating, or abandoning animals.
The relationship of children with animals is very special, as well as the care we must take. Here are some tips:
1- One thing is a family dog and another is a neighbor's dog. For this reason, it is necessary to teach your child that when he sees an animal in the street, never approach it without first asking the owner of the animal if there is any danger.
2- If you see a dog that is nervous or in the nibbling stage, tell your child that the dog does not want to play at that time, but never say that it can bite you or that the dog is bad.
3- They should never leave a young child alone to play with the dog, until the dog is responsible enough. In the learning stage, children can be cruel to their peers, including dogs. Despite its patience, the dog's reaction will be to defend itself against any aggression.
4- Encourage your child's empathy towards the dog, showing affection towards the pet. When you pet the child in the presence of the dog, do the same with your pet so that she does not feel marginalized.
5- Encourage and teach the child to play with the dog. Examples: throwing a soft ball, scratching his head, tickling him. Experts say that children who grow up with animals are calmer, more responsible, and more loving.
6- Teach your child to take care of the dog and to have responsibilities with him. To be aware of meal times, to make sure if you have water in your plate, etc.
7- With patience and understanding, you will achieve a good adaptation of the child and the dog. It will be fun to watch you play together, and change honey.
8- Teach your child to take care of the dog. Ask them to accompany you to the vet when the dog has a disease or needs to receive a vaccine.
9- For the dog to recognize your child as well as any other person who enters your house, let the dog smell you. The dog will memorize the scent and accept it.
10- If possible, choose a breed of dog that is more appropriate for being around children. There are races, such as shepherds, for example, who become guardians of children. They watch over them and are not separated from them. There are other breeds, like the 'cocker' that are more nervous and jealous. It is best to consult a veterinarian.
However, there are some animals that are not recommended as children's pets, and it is best to avoid them.
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