Many of us have some really special memories of our childhood pets. In fact, lots of adults have dogs that have been with them since they were teenagers, or even children.
When it comes to having kids of our own, it’s easy to assume that it will be easy because we’ve done it before. However, it is important to remember that while dogs are wonderful animals and man’s best friend, they also have the potential to be deadly, especially if they are provoked into defending themselves.
Fortunately, you only need to teach your children a handful of simple rules to ensure that they understand how to behave appropriately around dogs. Make learning these rules a fun experience for your child and reinforce them using these meme templates for Adobe Spark.
Try focusing on a new rule each day and then designing a funny meme with your child to help them remember it.
Never Pet a Dog without the Owner’s Permission
This is one of the most important lessons to teach your children about owning a dog, perhaps even the most important lesson. If you don’t know a dog and have never met its owner, then you shouldn’t pet it, even if it seems friendly. You should always approach a new dog as slowly as possible, and it is important that you aren’t acting tensely as you approach, as the dog will pick up on this and worry.
The Right Way of Approaching a Dog for Petting
When your child understands that they shouldn’t just approach any old dog for petting, they then need to learn the correct way of approaching dogs when they have the owner’s permission. It is important to approach the dog slowly and not to be nervous. If your child is nervous about approaching a dog, have them hold your hand and lead them gently to the pet.
Don’t be Rough with Them
Dogs can be frustrating sometimes. Sometimes they will jerk on the lead or try to pull you off course. For children especially, this can cause an instinctive reaction where they pull on the lead to bring the dog back to heel. However, this can hurt the dog and even lead to them being aggressive. If a dog is pulling on the lead, stop walking and wait for the dog to stop pulling and the lead to go slack.
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Know When to Leave Them Alone
Finally, you need to make sure that your children understand that a dog is a living thing, not a toy or source of entertainment. The primary concern should always be keeping the dog happy, not making themselves happy using the dogs. It is adorable when children cuddle with their dogs, but sometimes the dog will want to be left alone. Teach your child how to spot the signs that the dog doesn’t want to play and to respect the animal’s wishes.
Owning a pet is a rite of passage for many of us. A dog is an opportunity to teach your child about responsibility, looking after another living thing, and even life and death. Just make sure to teach them the important lessons.