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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Training dogs while training kids

There are far too many news reports on family dogs biting children.
I think we can all agree on that.
Then, we see these absolutely horrible photos all over the internet of kids jumping on dogs, walking on them, pulling their tails etc...

People think this is funny when kids do this...people think this is cute ??
Are you kidding me?

It doesn't take a genius to put 2 and 2 together here does it?

Rant over.


Training your children to have respect for your dogs is just as important as training your dogs to have respect for your kids. So how are we suppose to do that?

Today, I will share one of my own personal tips on teaching kids and dogs to have respect for each other, and basically accept them into each others packs. Thereby creating one big happy family pack.


For me, having my kids involved in training my huskies is HUGE!
In the above photo you see my little girl (4 years old) with a treat in her hand.
This was the start of our daily training session.



Here, my daughter asked Lexus to sit, so she sat, and got rewarded with her treat.


Finally, "shake a paw."

For months now, we have worked on sit, and lay down with my kids and huskies, and have only recently incorporated "shake paw" into the training.
I am happy to say, they are doing fabulous.

Yes, it takes patience, but it so worth it in the end.
By having your children teach the dogs commands, and having treats come straight from the child's hand. This shows the dog that "hey these mini humans must be important too if they have control of my beloved treats!"


This photo shows my older daughter working with Koda.
My youngest daughter is not quite ready to work with Koda yet, as he is still just a pup and overly excitable sometimes, but my oldest daughter does a fabulous job with him.


The huskies respond well to the kids during training.
It took some time, but it is well worth it.
It is important to have your whole family involved with the dogs. Training, feeding, playing, everything! This way, you establish a pack that cannot be broken, and the bond you will find between everyone is priceless.

So, please remember, include the whole family while training your dogs.
The benefits will baffle you.

Thanks for coming by, and see you tomorrow!


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34 comments:

  1. Great post!! I love it when I see positive interactions with kids and dogs! I agree with you that there are too many horrible things going on! I wish parents would educate themselves!

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    1. I wish that too! And things like this help more than people realize!

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  2. Wise words and we too see too many badly behaved children. Grrrr. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Agreed. Kids need to be trained to have respect the same way dogs do with kids

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  3. Right there with you in your rant! Great post! And Snowy is beautiful. Sharing.

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  4. having dogs and children together is just like any blended family. Everyone must learn to get along and respect one another. Great post. I LOVE the way you designed your adoptable dog picture. Brilliant work!

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    1. Thanks Melissa, and yes! It is just like a blended family!

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  5. Excellent advice!! The best way to teach all of them to respect each other is through training. I love that your kids are involved in teaching the dogs their tricks!
    Oz

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    1. Thanks Oz! Plus my kids love feeling important enough to be involved in the training.

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  6. It is so great that your whole family is working with the dogs. Training is a great way to create that bond which will beneficial for both as they get older. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love it! Looks like your girls are doing a great job as trainers.

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    1. Thanks!!!! They are doing wonderfully!!!!

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  8. Yes, you absolutely have to include the whole family in dog training. Great article!

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  9. This is such a great post, Jenna. It looks like your girls are doing great with the dogs, and it must be so rewarding for them to be part of the training too.
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. It is SO rewarding!!! In so many ways! And the fact that my huskies are beginning to see my kids with respect is all due to the training.

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  10. An excellent idea. I think all members of the family should spend some time training a new dog.

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  11. Fantastic! I can see from the pics that your beautiful daughters are Dog Trainers in training! Great, great jobs girls! You are so right, here. In our Therapy Dog work I often have to coach young kids in how to behave around my dog. It amazes me how some parents just have no clue! I saw a video the other day of a small child literally jumping on a Rottie w/ the parents laughing in the background. It won't be funny when the dog has had enough and bites the kid's hand off & the poor dog gets euthanized.

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    1. Yes, your exactly right!!!! It is so sad that people cannot see this

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  12. It's so important to teach kids to respect dogs...and cats, too. Too many parents don't take the time and then trouble happens. It's good to see that your kids know how to handle the dogs...and vice versa.

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    1. Your absolutely right. And it is just as important with kitties too!!!

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  13. I salute you for taking the time to raise dog friendly kids. Hailey is kid fearful and nothing bothers me more than kids who just assume all dogs are ready to be mauled by kids. I think learning to approach dogs (and any animal for that matter) is essential!

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  14. Great post! I like your rant and have the same rant. Thanks for sharing how to teach children to be respectful to animals more parents need to do this.

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    1. Your very welcome!
      I think lots of us animal lovers have this rant! Just wish more people would listen!

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  15. Great article! I love to see kids involved and learning the proper way to relate to dogs. It's also wonderful to have the dogs learn to respect humans of all sizes. Fantastic!

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  16. Snowy is beautiful! I can't imagine that she'll be without a forever home for long! Sharing.

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