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How To Keep Children Safe Around Dogs

Recently, we have had a couple of clients with small kids who experienced their dog suddenly nipping, lunging, or biting their kid, apparently ‘out of the blue’. This is quite a common problem for families with small kids and dogs. Kids like to hug, kiss, and reach out to touch in sudden quick movements. Most kids squeal, shout, jump, run, and attempt to put things in the dog’s face, etc. They like to take things away from a dog, or tease the dog. 

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Being Proactive Through Training

Teaching your puppy/dog some basic foundation skills and good manners from the onset goes a long way toward preventing problem behavior. Many clients do try to teach their pooch to sit and lie down, which is particularly helpful as default behaviors. If your dog learns to sit or lie down as one of his first skills, and it gets reinforced many times, it becomes a behavior he will offer again and again, by default. As both of these are calm behaviors, they are great ones to teach your pup in order to encourage a reposeful demeanor. When your dog is too excited all the time, it is hard for him to focus on what you want him to do, unless of course, you are in a play situation, where being goofy and excited is acceptable and fun! Therefore teaching him to be calm after play, for example, is a great way for him to learn self-control. 

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