Training Your Dog to Be Kid Friendly

If you’ve ever had a dog who didn’t seem to like children, or if you have an overly-excited puppy, this post is for you. During our years living with dogs, we’ve met plenty of child-friendly canine pals and have also known many pups who weren’t as fond of little humans. Today, we’re discussing how to raise your fur baby to be great with kids. Read on for tips on how to train your dog to be kid-friendly!

Teach Your Dog “Off”

  • Teach your dog to respond to the command “off,” which will help him get out of the way when it’s time for people to pass.
  • Teach your dog to respond to the command “leave it,” which will help him leave an item alone that he shouldn’t be eating or playing with.
  • Teach your dog to respond to the command “drop it,” which will help him let go of any items that are not his toys. For example, if someone were holding a piece of food in their hand and dropped it on the floor, you’d want your dog not only to stop trying to get at it but also release whatever he might have been holding onto so you can pick up what was dropped (i.e., food).
  • Teach them how sit on cue; this is one of those commands that helps keep everyone safe and happy!

Play Time!

When it comes to playing with your dog, there are several things you can do. The main thing is to use toys that he or she loves. For example, if your dog loves squeaky toys and tennis balls, by all means play with those! You could also get creative and make some homemade treats for your dog (and yourself). These are two things that we love to do when it’s raining outside or if our dogs won’t stop begging for attention.

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Watch For Warning Signs

  • Watch for warning signs. If you see that your dog is getting uncomfortable, stop the game and give them a little time to recover. If your dog gets overwhelmed or aggressive, put an end to it immediately and don’t play again until they’ve had a chance to calm down. Remember: if you have a puppy that’s not used to strangers yet, keep guests at least 3 feet away from them at all times (otherwise they might feel threatened).
  • Reward good behavior! Dogs who are good with kids get lots of tasty treats—make sure your pup knows how much fun it can be!

Supervise Interactions

Your dog is intelligent, but he’s also a kid. You can’t expect him to be completely safe and appropriate around every child. The best way to keep your dog from becoming aggressive or fearful around kids is to supervise interactions between them at all times, especially during the initial stages of training. Once you’ve worked through some basic obedience exercises with your puppy, you should always have him on leash when visiting children who aren’t part of the family unit—even if they’re older siblings or cousins who are eager to play with him off-leash!

When supervising interactions between your dog and kids:

  • Don’t leave them alone together. Even if they seem happy having fun together while no one’s watching, dogs are still far more likely than not to snap without warning when startled or frightened by something unexpected (like an excited child). If someone else has left the room for a moment and needs help getting something downstairs quickly before returning, don’t let kids stay up there unsupervised!
  • Don’t let kids feed treats from their hands directly into theirs; this can cause dogs’ mouths to become sticky with peanut butter or cheese crackers after just one such treat ends up being dropped in front of them on accident instead of being handed over directly by hand like usual.(And do NOT allow any type of food into their mouths at all unless it’s specially made for feeding animals; some human foods can actually kill dogs!)
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Train Your Kids to Act Kindly Toward the Dog

  • Make sure that your children are kind to the dog. The dog will learn from the kids, so it’s important to make sure that they’re treating him well.
  • Dogs are sensitive and may not like being pushed or pulled by a child. It is important that kids are taught never to bother him while he is sleeping or resting.
  • Do not pull his ears, tail, or paws—this hurts!

Training your dog to be kid-friendly takes time, but it’s well worth it.

Teaching your dog to be kid-friendly is a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. But it does take time, so get started early!

You can start by introducing them to children in the first few months of their life. By doing this, they will learn how to interact with kids in a positive way when they are older and more impressionable.

Your dog should also be taught not to jump on people or run up behind them suddenly (you wouldn’t want them doing that). They should also be taught how to play appropriately with toys and other dogs without being too rough or aggressive.


Training your dog to be kid-friendly takes time, but it’s well worth it. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to creating a loving relationship between your children and your canine companion.