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  • Can Your Child Train Your Dog?

    Thursday, December 27th, 2018, 10:04 pm

    One of the reasons why you may want to take your dog to dog training classes is to make certain your pet is going to behave around your children. This is especially important if you have a baby or young children. But training your dog doesn’t always have to be something you do for your kids—it can be something you do WITH your kids. Dog training can be a fun family activity that helps you all bond with your dog. Here are a few of the ways you can get your kids involved.

    First, Consider their Age

    It can be hard to get a two or three year old to help with some of the more advanced training, but they can still participate. You or one of your older children may have to give your dog commands, but then your younger kids can provide the treat. You can also teach them basic commands such as sit.

    While younger kids may not be able to work on tasks such as walking on a leash just yet, your older children and teens probably can. You do need to make sure that whoever is holding the leash can hold back your dog if he decides to run. If you have a large dog, your kids may not be able to do this. It all depends on the size of your dog, the age of your kids, and what commands and types of training you feel they can handle.

    Teaching Your Kids Commands

    Before you let your kids work with your dog, you need to make certain they understand how to give commands. Talk to them about what you want your dog to do, and explain any voice commands and hand gestures. Tell them how the reward system works and when they should reward your dog. You should also talk to them about when to stop training, especially if they start to feel frustrated or if it’s clear your dog wants a break.

    Speak to the Pros

    If you’re not sure what types of commands your children could teach your dog, we’re here to help. The Connected Canine offers training classes for puppies and dogs, and we’re always ready to answer your questions.

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