Training Your Kids to Handle Your New Dog Properly: A Guide for First-Time Chessie Owners

Dogs and children make a great combination. They have many qualities in common: cute, adorable, huggable, cuddly, and cheerful. They show affection when given enough care and attention. Getting a dog is indeed a wise decision for parents who want to improve their children’s self-esteem, sense of responsibility, and empathy. These tips not only go for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers but any dog as well.

Don’t leave them alone!

When you bring a new dog at home, don’t leave them alone with your kids. You need to watch over them frequently. Most kids are excessively fond of dogs that they lose control when handling them. Make your children understand the feelings of the dog and remind them to play with the new pet with care until he’s adjusted to the new environment.

Teach the young ones to be gentle to the dog

Dog training for children involves teaching them to be gentle with their dogs. For example, dogs hate it when they are squeezed firmly and when they are disturbed while sleeping. Dogs don’t like it when someone moves their food while they’re eating. Sometimes, children find pleasure in pulling the ears or tail of their dogs—or worse, tossing the dogs in midair. Playing too rough might upset or scare the dog, causing him to bite.

Dog training also includes reminding children not to chase the dog or play other games that may encourage the young dog to treat them roughly. Instead, tell the kids to play games such as hide and seek that will train the pup to cooperate with rather than dominate the people at home.

Teach them how to feed the dog

It’s a nice idea to train your children how to feed the dog. But remind the kids not to feed the dog while having dinner at the table. Aside from leaving a mess on the floor, such practice only encourages dogs to reach for the food whenever he wants.

The beauty of dog training for kids is that they learn how to take care and treat a pet properly, and they enjoy making friends with their pets.

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