Teaching Young Children To Respect Dogs

  • 10/03/2020

Respecting animals and pets alike, like dogs, is something that children have to learn. There have been numerous cases of children getting themselves bitten by dogs after treating them in an unfriendly manner. Things like pulling a dog’s tail, jumping on the dog, or other things that have the impact of creating animosity are things that children should avoid.

It is worth noting that the point of having pets in the first place is to have fun moments and company. Respect is an essential part of this relationship – and that is why children respecting dogs is quite an important thing.

Teach Them How to Stay and Live With a Dog

Living with a dog requires that you understand how to interact with it. This is where you teach a child the basics of interacting with a dog, the do’s and the dont’s, and other basic stuff. Dogs are often defensive whenever they feel bothered, and this might result in them taking aggressive actions.

For children, you must teach them how to approach dogs, how to interact with them, and how to create bonds. This is crucial. Leading by example, can come in handy here since children can get a first-hand opportunity to see for themselves how to interact with dogs.

Let Them Feed the Dog

One way of teaching children how to respect dogs is to assign them tasks concerning the dog. This can include tasking them with feeding the dog. You can teach children how to go about this, and you can also do this practically numerously, so they grasp it. When children start feeding dogs, they will learn how to interact more with them and have respect for them.

“Assigning dog-related tasks to children is one surefire way of making children know more about them, respect them, and treat them well,” says Diana Adjadj, a writer at Subjecto and Studyker and a dog owner. 

Rules and Boundaries

Children are children, and you must craft a set of ground rules when it comes to dogs. There are acceptable and unacceptable actions when it comes to staying with dogs. Kids might not know that disturbing dogs when they are taking their meal is not all fun and jokes.

Also, they might not know disturbing dogs in their sleep, or overplaying with them is not quite attractive. Here is where ground rules and boundaries come in.

Dogs have boundaries to what they can entertain. You must teach them about this so they can know where to start and stop their play whenever it comes to dogs. This also helps in respect-building.

Interactions With Other Dogs

There is a reasonable chance that children will meet other strange dogs outside there. Not all dogs are welcoming, and what one dog might consider play, another might deem hostility. Children should get an education on strange dogs and how to behave when they meet one. Children should not approach strange dogs as dogs might interpret this differently, which could lead to some aggression.

In summary, dogs are pets, but they also have a side that could not be so welcoming, thanks to their aggression. This is why it is important children learn to respect dogs if they are to get along well.

About the Author: Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at TopEssayWriting and ClassyEssay, Kristin also does some editing work at WriteScout.

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