Dog Safety for Kids – Understanding Dog Behavior

Pomskies tend to do better in homes with older children. Because of their tiny size younger children can often times be too rough which can frighten a Pomsky. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t get a Pomsky if you have small children. Dog safety isn’t just for the puppy you bring home but also for your children. This article will go over tips to help your children interact and understand their forever friend better.

Disclaimer: While this article does provide helpful tips PomskyPals is in NO WAY liable for bites or injury.

More than one half of injuries inflicted by dogs are to children under the age of 12 years. Unsupervised and improperly trained pets are more likely to cause injury to children than strange dogs. Children should be taught to respect dogs whether strange or a family pet.

Most dog breeds get along fine with people and make terrific house pets. Many dog breeds are coveted for their ability to get along well with children as well as guard the home. Any household with a child must ensure the child’s safety by teaching him or her how to behave around all dogs. There are several ways to teach dog safety for kids.

Approaching an unknown dog

While most children are injured by family pets than strange dogs it is wise to teach a child what to do if they encounter an unknown dog. If the dog is leashed and with its owner, the child should be taught how to approach the dog. He must always ask permission of the owner. If the owner agrees, the child should hold a hand out, palm facing up, and allow the dog to sniff.

Scent is important to dogs and this is how they are familiar with greeting. If the dog feels comfortable, the child may pet it gently under the nose or on the chest. This will ensure that the dog does not feel the child’s is aggressive or a threat.

If a child encounters a dog that is unleashed and without an owner it is best to remain calm and still. The child should be told not to run because the dog will chase after him for play or because of its predatory nature. The child should stand very still with arms crossed like a tree. If the child still feels threatened he can roll on his knees and roll into a ball keeping his head face down and hands clasped behind the neck. The dog should get bored and leave.

If a child finds a pack of dogs it is important to remain calm and not to run. Instead, find an object and throw away from the dogs so they will not feel threatened but will go to investigate and sniff the object. The child will have time to calmly walk away from the pack to safety. Of course the child should report the dog(s) to an adult.

Dogs’ body language

Whether a known dog or a strange one, a child should be educated on a dog’s body language to know whether it is friendly or aggressive. A relaxed dog will wave its tail back and forth, have relaxed mouth and lips, tilt its ears backward or forward and its hair will be smooth along its neck.

An aggressive or threatening dog will wrinkle its nose, bare its teeth, tense its body, pin its ears backward or growl. The hair on the back of its neck may be raised. Aggressive and threatening dogs should not be approached but should be calmly walked away from.

Do not leave small children unsupervised with dogs

Infants and children under the age of at 12 should never be left alone with a dog even if it is a family pet. When bringing home a new baby, a dog should be trained not to enter the rooms where the baby sleeps and should be gradually introduced to the new member of the household. Toddlers can be especially difficult for dogs. A toddler will not understand that dogs do not like to be hugged, kissed or pulled.

Toddlers may be energetic around dogs and can stir them up or invade their space. It is vital not to leave toddlers alone with dogs. Even supervised toddlers should be taught to respect dogs. Groups of children may be upsetting to a dog. Children tend to be loud and active which may make the dog hyper or fearful. When entertaining many children it is best to remove the dog and keep it in a safe area.

Teach children to be gentle with dogs

A child should be taught in an age appropriate way how to handle a dog or any other pet. The best way to treat a dog is gently. A dog does not like to have its ears or tail pulled. It will not enjoy being dressed up, hugged or kissed. If a child is taught to always approach the family pet in a gentle manner, the pet will be gentle with the child.

A dog should never be taunted or teased. Whether the family pet or a neighbor’s pet, a child should never be allowed to tease it. Because a dog is a pack animal by nature it is important to establish all humans in the household with authority through every day interactions. The dog will naturally accept its position in the family.

Leave sleeping dogs alone

Out of respect for a dog, a child should learn never to bother a dog that is busy. A dog that is sleeping, eating or chewing on a toy does not wish to be bothered. A dog that is occupied should be left undisturbed because it may feel startled or threatened. It deserves to have its space respected.

Spay or Neuter pets

A dog not spayed or neutered is more likely to be aggressive. One good way to calm the aggression is to have the dog fixed.

Properly train dogsĀ 

The best proactive way to keep a child around a dog safe is to properly train the dog. Obedience lessons will help the dog learn to follow commands and respect its master. A child could become involved with dog training to help the dog recognize the child’s authority over it. Positive reinforcement is a great training technique for a dog. It will respond to praise, gentle pets and treats as rewards for good behavior and obedience more than anything else.

A child can help train the dog with positive reinforcement of good behavior. A dog should also be given space for itself to feel comfortable and safe. A place set up for its meals and for sleep will help provide the dog feel comfortable and safe. Another way to help a child become safe with its pet dog is to allow the child to help feed, walk and play appropriately with it.

Conclusion

No one wants their child to be harmed by a dog, whether a strange roaming dog, another persons pet or a family pet. It is important to educate a child to recognize a dog as an animal. Animals act on natural instincts and a dog acts to protect itself from perceived danger. All dogs should be respected. However, if something has happened, such as the dog biting your child, then you can consider taking a lawsuit. Why not check out a dog bite lawyer such as https://www.nehoralaw.com/practice-areas/dog-bite-accidents/. However, let’s try not to get to that point by remembering that all children should be taught how to react when approaching or being approached by a dog. Dogs that will live with children should be taught how to be gentle and feel safe. Even with the well-trained family pet, young children should always be supervised around it. In order to keep dogs happy and children safe, it is vital to learn proper dog safety for kids.