It is extremely important that all dogs know how to correctly behave around babies and small children, as well as how children should behave around dogs. With a little forward planning, you can get your dog used to the huge changes a new baby brings in advance, so they will hardly notice any difference. I will help you get your dog used to all the new smells and sounds that your new baby will bring to the house. Some dogs may find these changes particularly difficult, especially if they are used to you sharing all your time and attention with them, so it’s a great idea to prepare them for this huge change in their routine as soon as possible.
With young children, it can be very daunting for your new dog to be exposed to a highly excited child, especially a rescue dog that may not have even met a child previously. Children love animals, but they don’t always realise that the act of cuddling is alien to a dog. The only time a dog will grab another dog around the neck is when they are in a fight! So by children hugging a dog, by grabbing them round the neck, this is translated by the dog as an act of aggression and they may react according to their natural instinct. Far too often children unintentionally hurt or frighten dogs which result in bites or aggressive behaviour. I will teach you the importance of training dogs to behave correctly around children and equally showing you how to teach children the correct way to greet your dog. It is worth bearing in mind that 77% of dog bites occur from the family pet, so teaching your child the correct way to interact with ALL dogs is of paramount importance.
Does your dog have behavioural problems? Steve Hutley can help!