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When you adopt a dog and have a kid in the family, you need to teach your kid how they, too, can help their new canine family member. You can’t be teaching your dog to obey your commands if your little one sabotages the process by giving it treats despite lousy behavior. Training is a dog that is an essential part of domesticating it. You can’t have your dog run wild in the household, tearing up furniture and wetting the carpet.
Consistency is essential when trying to train a dog. Inconsistent behavior by another family member, not in line with your training efforts could make all your attempts futile. If your kid is over the age of eight, you can easily ask them for help in training your dog. However, if they happen to be younger, make sure their actions don’t confuse the dog, who is trying to learn what you’re teaching it.
Tips to enable your child in dog training
The following tips will help you make your child understand why and how they can train the dog –
- Tell them to turn their back to unwanted behavior – Say, your dog is jumping while you’re arriving home with your kids and you’d like it to calm down. You should all turn your backs to it. When you listen for signs of it having calmed down, you can turn around and proceed as you would. Nobody likes an unruly dog greeting their house guests. Ignoring your attention-seeking dog when it’s behaving in a way you don’t approve of, will send it a signal. Hopefully, it won’t repeat this unwanted behavior after a couple of times.
- Teach them how to use praises – A dog thrives on encouragement and rewards. Teach your kid to observe how your dog waits for a treat, after having followed a command well. The dog will lavish you with its attention when you’re tossing it treats. It may not be equally receptive to you at other times. Show your kid how they can use treats preciously to elicit good behavior from the dog instead of pampering it needlessly.
- Just involve them – Yes, training a dog while having a child around can make the process doubly difficult, but it doesn’t have to be so. Training establishes a bond between the dog and its humans. You want your child to share in the joy. So, don’t keep him/her away when training your dog. Your child can lead with basic instructional training like “Sit,” “Stay.”
When you adopt a dog into a family, it is every family member’s responsibility to train it. Don’t allow your child to have a free pass. After all, your dog will be spending as much time around your children as they will, you.