child and dog

At PetStay, many of our branch owners have grown up with dogs and understand that special bond you have with a four-legged friend. Here are our tips to make sure children and dogs are happy and safe at home.

Growing up with a dog has several health and mental benefits to children, but it is important that children learn how to stay safe around dogs whether they are a member of the family or a guest dog. As the RSPCA says; “Dogs and children communicate very differently, but they can be great friends and help children develop kindness and a sense of responsibility.”

It is also key to teach children from an early age to be respectful of dogs and to understand that dogs need some space too. Take a look at our top tips to help keep kids safe and dogs happy.

Our top tips to keep kids safe and dogs happy

  1. Teach your child to respect your dog. Like people, dogs need space sometimes too. Let them know the right way to play with dogs and to treat them kindly and politely so tails are not pulled.
  2. Let your child know not to approach a dog while they have food or a toy. Some dogs can be quite protective over their food or can be a little rough when playing so it is best to ensure they are aware of these potential risks.
  3. Never allow your child to run up to a dog they don’t know, for example in a park or on the street.
  4. Supervise children when they are with dogs, especially with dogs they do not live with.
  5. Teach your child how to interact and play with dogs, for example, not to charge at dogs or wrestle with them. Children shouldn’t be afraid of dogs but it is best to make them aware that dogs like a little introduction before being petted.
  6. Tell your children to never give dogs food from their own plate. Human foods can be harmful and sometimes deadly to dogs.


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