A very commonsense and logical post,
A relationship with a well trained dog can teach a child
However, some important points need to be considered before introducing a pet to small children.
The child must be old enough to respect the dog’s space and to not accidentally hurt him by pulling fur etc . Never leave a child and dog unsupervised no matter how much you feel you know your dog. Animals are unpredictable, accidents happen. Also, a young child can’t understand a dogs behaviour and body language like an adult can.
Dogs have a pack mentality. Usually, they would consider an adult in the family the pack leader, with children lower down the family hierarchy. A dog may perceive a child to be on the same level, or even lower in the pack order, as himself. This might mean that the dog has difficulty taking instruction from a child.
Teach the child…
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