Well, the answer is, you don’t trust the kid or trust the dog. So trust neither one of them.
Kids and Dogs: they both have to be trained and supervised. And just like dogs, even when you’re not teaching your child, your child is learning something.
Kids and Dogs Learn by Watching
So, a good example of this watching and learning is this: If a dog owner gets angry at his child, or starts punishing the child frequently enough in front of the family dog, the dog is going to get really edgy when that child comes around.
By the same token, if that same dog owner punishes the dog frequently enough in front of the child, then the child could take on the role of punisher of the dog. Then that child will get into trouble when the dog tries to defend himself.
Kids an Dogs: What’s the compromise? What’s the fix?
The best way to get started and avoid any issues between your child and your family dog , is to supervise both when they’re together.
If you have an age appropriate child that you can supervise, then teach that child to do obedience training with the dog: simple sits and downs. They become a team: Dogs and Kids
Your dog will develop a higher degree of respect for your child, and that’s a huge bonus.
Then the other thing to do is to teach your child and your dog to respect each other’s personal space.
So, I gotta ask you, what did you learn from this video, and how can you put this to use in your home with your dog and your child?
What’s your way to get good behavior from dogs and kids?