02 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How to Keep Both Your Child and Small Dog Safe

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Children and dogs can be the best of friends with proper training and supervision. Photo courtesy lizbyday, Flickr

“We can be best friends and play together. Woof!”

Many households are a combination of children and pets, which can be a wonderful way to teach responsibility and love. But there does need to be some ground rules in place in order to learn how to keep both your child and small dog safe. You can make pet ownership both memorable and lasting at home.

How to Keep Both Your Child and Small Dog Safe

Never allow an unattended baby or young child to be around your, or anyone else’s, dogs or cats if they’re aggressive, territorial, or dominant. Children innocently pull on ears and tails, pick up dog toys, and approach eating and sleeping pets without caution. Most attacks on children are committed by pets that are otherwise gentle and non-aggressive. However, when they are eating, sleeping, or in pain, they can lash out and, within seconds, cause permanent and sometimes fatal injuries. A jealous, dominant dog may wait until he is alone with the child to show her that he’s the pack leader. His attempt to scare the child can result in major injury or death.


If properly taught by a parent, a child as young as 8 can establish a respect-based relationship with his dog. Still, because there is so much room for error when children are involved, a parent must always be present. At some point, every dog, regardless of breed or age, will try to challenge its owner. This is normal for dogs, and occurs during canine adolescence, between seven and fourteen months of age. Read more about Dog Safety in Keeping Kids and Pets Safe with Each Other here.

Many small dogs view young children especially as playmates in their own pack. Children might see their furry friend as a toy or stuffed animal. That is why it is good to teach your family early how to keep both your child and small dog safe. There are a few simple things you can do now to help them along:

  • Show your child to approach your small dog with slow, gentle motions.
  • Never leave a dog and small child alone together unsupervised.
  • Teach your child to ask permission first before petting a new dog.
  • Have your child learn to pet dogs under the chin or on the chest to avoid any accidents.
  • Involve your child in the training process of a new dog or puppy as much as possible.

As an adult we can learn a lot from watching our small dog and child interact together. This can be a rewarding experience for your family, which can be passed on to the next generation of animal lovers.

How many children and small dogs are in your household?

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