Have your Grandchildren Just Got a Puppy or Adopted a Dog?
Getting a pet dog is an important part in any child’s life.
It means learning new responsibilities and developing emotions such as empathy, kindness and patience.
If your grandchildren have got a dog for the first time there are many things you can do to help.
Help With Dog Training
There are many great sites available that offer dog training. However, not all support positive, reward-based training, so make sure you find out before paying for any kinds of lessons.
You want your grandchildren to be safe, and dog training that uses force, such as hitting, holding the dog, grabbing its nose or even yelling will encourage the dog to be aggressive.
This may not happen straight away, either. Dogs learn how to behave from their owners, and sometimes years down the track they resort to aggression because they believe it is what they have been shown.
Get the Right Advice
My Puppy Club is a fun, friendly and informative website which uses positive based training methods. It has over 800 articles about puppy training, dog care, and a Facebook Group you can join for free and ask questions.
Visits to Grandma’s House!
When grandparents have their grandchildren come and stay, the dog often comes too.
If this is the case, and you are not used to having a dog in your home, make sure the dog comes with its own bed and that it understands it must stay on it.
This is called Mat Training, and is easy to train with treats and patience.
Sharing the Responsibility
Sharing the responsibility of dog ownership is a great way to develop a deeper relationship with your grandchildren.
When your grandchildren get a dog you can help take the dog for a walk and train it.
Children tend to love their dog regardless of how much hair it sheds or how much bigger its paws are when covered in mud and slopping through the house.
Take this opportunity to teach your grandchildren great values like gentleness, kindness and patience.
I’m sure they will appreciate it, and so will the dog.