4 Methods to Get Your Kid(s) and Pets to Get Along
January 5, 2022 9:51:56 AM PST January 5, 2022 9:51:56 AM PSTth, January 5, 2022 9:51:56 AM PST
Are you trying to introduce a new pet into your home with young children? These four methods will ensure a smooth transition and will help your kids and pets learn to get along.
Introduce them first
One of the most crucial steps to childproofing a pet is simply to expose your pet to your children until it feels comfortable being around them. The number one rule is supervision, experts advise parents to monitor all interactions between their pets and young children to prevent conflicts. You must proceed gradually, and you may want to start by introducing your pet to older well-behaved children first and if that goes well, you can start to introduce your pet to younger, more rambunctious kids. It is also important to remember that the owner needs to be in control during these interactions so that you can correct your pets’ bad behavior and reward the good.
Train your dog and child
One of the easiest ways to teach your children how to interact with pets is to lead by example. Command training is a great way to teach your pet to follow the basic control commands: sit, down, and let go. Command training allows you to assert your dominance and communicate and establish a relationship with the animal. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can start to incorporate more advanced training that will be more useful in a household with children. Pets like schedules, especially while acclimating to life with children so it’s important to stick to feeding and walking schedules to get your pet into a routine.
Include the child in dog care
Experts suggest that pet owners bring their children along on walks, and invite them to take part in training, grooming, and feeding. This will teach them how to respectfully interact with pets and establish a trusting relationship. Children are understandably excited when a new pet joins the family, but it is important to teach them that certain types of play are unacceptable. Climbing on pets and trying to play with pets while feeding are among the worst and can cause the pet to become frustrated and aggressive. Parents should reinforce boundaries with their children to teach them how to respectfully behave with pets and establish them as authority figures.
Let the dog out often
Taking care of young children can be exhausting, but it is important to make sure you are listening and tending to the needs of your pet as well. Paying attention to warning signs and signals from your pet is essential to making sure your pet is happy and well behaved. When your puppy is sniffing by the door, most likely it needs to go out. By installing automatic sliding door systems, you can take this responsibility off your hands and give your pet the freedom to go in and out as they please. EVO Products’ pet tag system uses RFID technology to communicate between your pet’s smart tags and the transmitter to activate your sliding door system.
With time and persistence, these four methods will help your pets and children get along and learn to love one another.