Kids and Dogs

Kids and dogs can make a great family, it is done right.  Getting a dog is a lifelong commitment so when your child asks if they can get a dog before actually getting a dog start doing some homework.  Research your family dynamics including whether your children are old enough to take responsibility for any part of dog ownership.  If they are young, can they take direction on how to act, respect, feed and exercise the dog?

Dogs can be very loving and friendly, and kids can learn a lot from taking care of the family dog.  However sometimes children and their energy can be ‘too much’ for a dog.  If a dog is under stress this can cause issues.  Therefore you need to take care with how your kids interact with your dog ensuring supervision and the safety for both children and your dog is the number one importance.

Here is a chart with a few do’s and don’ts in dealing with kids and dogs.  There is so much more to not only owning a dog but creating a great family of kids and dogs.



At The Dog Stop we are dedicated to ensuring that you and your dog have a long and healthy relationship. Dog training for every age and stage for your dog.  Visit our Training page for details: The Dog Stop Training.