Dogs are very social animals and they love to play with other dogs. Sometimes they can become too excited when playing with other dogs and will knock over, jump on or even bite children. This behavior can be dangerous for the dog as well as frightening for the child.
It is important to work with your dog to teach them that it’s not okay to act aggressively towards children. Dogs are naturally kind animals that spend a lot of time teaching their puppies how to behave properly in a pack. If you similarly work with your dog, they will be able to learn when it’s okay to play with children and when it isn’t.
Teach Your Dog How To Play Safely With Kids
Your dog may not want to interact with children or babies because it doesn’t know how or is scared of them. To train your dog to not be scared of children it’s important to help them become familiar with babies and kids. Engage in play sessions where you allow the child to sit near the dog at first. If this is successful, have the child slowly move their hand towards or stroke the dog gently. Y
our dog may not always like being touched by a child so be watchful and ready to separate them if they show signs of aggression. Puppies that have been raised around children will most likely know how to properly interact with them. If your dog is a rescue, it may need a little more help getting used to being around kids, but by following these steps you can teach them how gentle humans should play.
Running and roughhousing can be dangerous for small children and puppies alike, so it’s important to train your dog how to act when excited. Make sure all of your play sessions are supervised and if they get too excited take a break from playing. If you suspect that the dog may knock over or hurt the child while playing , separate them and don’t allow play sessions until you’ve had a chance to train your dog . If the dog doesn’t know how to play gently, it’s important for them to have supervised interactions with adults who can control their behavior.
Dogs that are new to kids often need supervision when playing. You should be present during any active play sessions or interactions that involve children. If you see your dog showing any signs of aggression, separate them and try another play session a little later.
Steps To Teach Your Dog to Play Nice
-Keep play sessions brief and take breaks if your dog starts to lose interest or gets too excited.
-Play games that include fetching and tug-of-war as well as training for simple commands like sit and stay to keep the dog focused on you.
-Use high-value treats and toys to help the dog associate play with children as a reward.
-If the dog knocks over or jumps on the child, correct and discipline them immediately in a firm voice. This will let your dog know that they aren’t allowed to do this with kids.
-Never allow the dog to be left alone with children until you’re sure they know how to properly interact.
-Make sure all interactions between your dog and kids are supervised at first. Once they’re used to each other, you can let them play in a safe, enclosed area without supervision.
You can train your dog to be more kid-friendly by exposing it gradually to younger kids in a controlled environment, like your living room. If your dog is interested, let them sniff around or play with toys within sight. You can also take your dog to the park where they are allowed to run free and socialize. Kids need to learn how to safely play with their pets so take them along when you go out walking your dog.
If your pet continues to show aggressive behavior towards children, you need to seek help immediately. A professional trainer should be able to help your dog become kid-friendly.
Don’t force your dog to interact with children if they are showing signs of aggression or fear. Make sure all interactions are supervised until you know how your dog will react around them. The goal is for the dog to associate positive experiences with children so that it will eventually become comfortable around them outside of the home.
Teach your child how to interact appropriately with the dog – don’t chase, poke, or pull on its tail; let him sniff you first before petting him; don’t run away from him if he approaches you, and don’t scream or yell.
Many dogs are naturally kid-friendly, but others will take more time to adjust. With enough patience, you can have your dog playing safely with the kids in no time!