We are continuing our series on steps to prepare your kids for adopting a new dog. If you are considering to adopt a new dog there are so many variables to consider, like breed and lifestyle. Kids make this process a little more complicated, as they tend to. Making sure your new family member is a match for everybody is incredibly important. One important thing to do when you are considering adopting a dog when you have kids is to make sure you never leave the dogs and kids alone.
12. Never leave dogs and kids alone
Never, ever leave your child alone with your dog. Even if you are certain that your dog would never bite your child, accidents do happen. A good example of this is a child that loses their balance and falls on a sleeping dog. In this situation, the dog is startled and one of their natural responses to feeling threatened may be to snap or bite.
Always be aware of where your child is in relation to your dog. Even if you are busy doing something else, make sure that you know what your child is doing and whether they are involving your dog. This primarily applies to newly adopted dogs.
For example, a child left to their own devices with a dog you’ve recently adopted may try to incorporate the canine in their play by dressing them up in doll clothes, as it’s more often seen in cats. This can hurt or irritate the dog and result in growling or even biting.