Children should have higher social status in the family than the dog, but they may be too young to be taken seriously as dominant (or Top Dog) by the dog. dominants by the dog. Even a child who’s taller than the dog is not as well armed – or he or she had better not be.
As a result the pooch learns to ignore or distrust the teenager. None of these outcomes is the fault of the dog. The dog is ultimately the responsibility of the adult humans of the family.
If you have a puppy, watch the relationships with the kids when the dog hits adolescence.
Teach your dog to lick the kids’ hands but never to use teeth or claws. Be careful about faces. Dogs probably should not lick babies’ faces, though they often want to very much for they are loaded with yummies after a meal. Be guided by your child’s reaction. If the baby does not like having her/his face licked, don’t let the dog do it, but if the kid loves it, OK. Watch for teeth, if the yummies are dried on a bit. Pulling off hard, sticky yummies often requires teeth, from the dog’s point of view. Mom or dad’s hands must be right there.
Don’t assume that anybody is going to remember these lessons for more than a few seconds. BE THERE.
Scott Cook, a professional K-9 Trainer of 45+ years, has been an avid Canine Enthusiast since childhood and it is worth mentioning that he successfully trained his first dog (a rescue dog with behavioral aggression issues) at the age of 11!
His passion, enthusiasm and love for the dog is evident in his many years of experience as well as his hunger to learn more and it is all this that has made him what he is today! He has had extensive training in the area of canine behavior and training! His studies have included 2 summers in the kennels of the New Skete Monestary, 1 year mentoring with Dr. Ian Dunbar, 1 year mentoring with Ed Frawley, and 2 years association with Michael Ellis!
He is a current Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and owns and operates his own dog training business with 45+ years of professional Canine Training experience in his kitty! You are in good hands with Scott!
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