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Children with Dogs

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I cannot help myself but laugh at this dog’s revenge. Many people are not bothered or don’t see the problem with the girl in this video and how what she is doing to that dog is not okay. Taking a serious turn, I am not okay with people who allow their “pets” to be kicked, tortured, pulled on, or smothered in any way. Dogs…and any pets for that matter are living, breathing beings and they are not punching bags, WWE wrestlers, or toys. This happens far too often. I can give a few suggestions that might help you determine, which, if any dog is right for your home…especially if you have children.

Here are some things you should know about the interaction of children and dogs. Choosing the right dog for your particular situation and personalities and activity level is extremely important. Maybe you like how Border Collies or Australian Shepherds look. But let’s say you live in an apartment building and will have limited time to spend with the dog and to be able to get them outdoor exercise. In that scenario, I would say a Border Collie or Aussie are not right for your particular home. They are breeds that are mentally, high functioning dogs, that require LOTS of exercise and/or the ability to work. The same goes for choosing a dog based off of your children.

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As a general rule, if your children are under 6 years old, you should know that bringing a pup into that family dynamic will require extra care and training on both the dog and the child’s part. If the parent is not just getting a pup because “they think their kid wants one” or because “it would be good for the kids” and the parent is 100 percent committed to giving that puppy the time and attentions it needs, then go for it!

As a general rule, when you first bring a new puppy into the home, allow it a few days to adjust and get comfortable with the settings before children smother it and play, play, play all the time. That will significantly reduce the stress the dog is feeling and in turn can prevent overreactions the dog may have towards the child. When dogs bite it’s usually out of stress or fear.

Luckily the dog being harassed in this video is a Boxer. Boxers in general tend to be more affectionate towards people they are around often and are sturdy and calm enough to handle the screaming, running, craziness that sometimes a small child can bring their way. This Boxer is clearly just letting the girl know, I don’t appreciate you kicking me. I’m not going to bite you. I’ll just bury you instead. He’s just telling her, I’m the pack boss, not you. Of course, if you are having problems getting your children and pup to get along and respect each other, some training courses are always the best option.

 

Information from:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2100&aid=628

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/boxer

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