Raising a Child With a Dog; Things Every Parent Should Know

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Does your child know how to interact safely with a dog?

How to interact safely with a dog:

  • First always supervise your child with your dog
  • Don’t startle a dog
  • You should not approach a sleeping dog that you don’t know
  • Don’t take food from a dog or approach him when he’s eating
  • Don’t tease a dog
  • Dogs are not a toy and they have emotions just like humans and you should be aware of them.
  • Your child should be aware of how they are making your dog feel. Sometimes dogs just want to be alone.  
  • Don’t run away from a dog you don’t know. Back away slowly while facing the dog.
  • Never run towards a dog you don’t know 
  • Always ask the owner before approaching or touching another dog
  • Don’t let your child ride a dog 
  • Don’t let your child hit or pull at a dog. Both your child and dog should be able to play together gently. 
  • Don’t let a small child hold a dog. Teach an older child how to properly carry a small dog.
  • Don’t allow a young child to walk a dog even with adult supervision.

Does your child know the warning signs of an aggressive dog?

The signs of an aggressive dog:

  • Becomes very still
  • Growls 
  • Shows there teeth
  • Barks
  • Tries to bite
  • Pokes you with their muzzle
  • Jumps towards the person

Are you prepared for the responsibilities in raising both a dog and a child?

Dogs need to go to the veterinarian, get medicines to keep them healthy and need to go for walks several times a day. It may be easier than taking care of a child, but it’s still a lot of work. 

Does your child have any behavioral issues that may be an issue to a dog?

You may need to seek professional help if your child has issues and reconsider or post pone getting a dog. A child that has anger issues for example may harm a dog. 

Will your child and or work take up too much of your time to also take care of a dog?

If you work late nights you may need to get a dog walker. Unless your child is old enough to handle this responsibility. If your child isn’t old enough to be home alone then this can be a problem. 

Is your child old enough to help with the responsibilities involving a dog?

Your child should learn responsibility. Something small like feeding your dog and giving him water may be how to start teaching them. 

Is the breed of the dog and where you live compatible with the dogs needs and also your child’s?

Some breeds need way more exercise than others. If you live in a high-rise apartment, you may want to stick with getting a small dog. Trying to manage a child running around and also a high energy dog may be too much. 

About The Author 

Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with one of our dog wheelchairs.

A dog wheelchair is also referred to as a handicap dog cart or wheels for handicap dogs. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. Our dog wheelchairs are for small and large breeds. Some of the breeds who commonly use our dog wheelchairs are a Dachshund (Weiner dog or Sausage dog), French Bulldog, Bulldog, Boxer Dog and a Pug Dog. 

We offer a full support dog wheelchair which is also referred to as a dog quad wheelchair or four-wheel dog wheelchair, a dog wheelchair for back legs and the patented SitGo Dog Wheelchair. This is the only one that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it. 

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