9 Tips for Introducing Your Child to Your Puppy

By Anny Brown of Modernmom.good4y.com

Can’t decide on how to introduce your kid and puppy to each other?

This has always been a daunting task for parents. The young pet and the child are at a certain age when they don’t understand right from wrong. You may still have to dry a carpet quickly once the former pees on it or clean up after the latter. However, I know that you also want to acquaint them now so they can be best buddies later in life.

If it helps, here are a few reminders before you start presenting your kid to the puppy and vice versa.

Be around during their meetings.

Make sure that you or any adult in the house is there every time the two interact. At this point, you cannot predict the actions of the child or the pup. The tiny human may be too rambunctious or like to run a lot, which can scare the pet. And if you’ve been with dogs for a while, you get that it’s their first instinct to fight whenever they feel threatened.

By being around during their meetings, you turn into a peacemaker for both. Hence, you can prevent any hostile incident from happening.

Let the child recognize the limitations.

If your kid watches animations or has stuffed animals in his or her room, there’s a chance that they may initially think of a puppy as a toy. Prior to making one known to the other, therefore, you should run by the child that the puppy is a living thing, not just a battery-operated fella.

Doing it early will help the youngster understand that he or she cannot pull the ears or squeeze the puppy since the action may hurt or frighten it. The prompting keeps him or her away from danger as well because the pet may bite if it gets annoyed.

Allow the canine to approach first.

Another practical trick when finding out how to introduce your kid and puppy is giving the latter the freedom to show interest in the beginning. It is a better idea compared to having the child walk up to the young dog and expect that it won’t do anything untoward.

When a pet makes the first move, it means it no longer sees your baby as a hazard. Perhaps you can speed up this process by teaching the kid to play fetch or “ignore the puppy” so its interest to come near will increase.

Give the pet its personal space.

You need to designate a place in your home that can only be accessed by the dog. Just like with people, it’s significant for puppies to have their own space to be able to rest well. This does not have to be an entire room complete with beddings and a bathroom, but putting its crate or mattress where your kid cannot go is suggested.

Explain the importance of speaking quietly.

A child screaming at the top of his or her lungs or simply talking in an odd voice may alarm a puppy, especially if it isn’t used to that. After all, the latter’s sense of hearing is stronger than a human’s.

For this reason, the kid has to learn how to talk in a calm tone. He or she may grasp the idea if you say that the pet is also a baby. It may cry or be shocked once they yell; that’s why they should speak quietly when the young dog is around.

Ease them into each other’s lives.

The sixth tip on how to introduce your kid and puppy is to do it slowly. They are babies; you don’t need to rush it in case either of the two is not ready to get close. What matters for now is that they constantly see each other even when they are not interacting.

For instance, put the child in a stroller and take him or her when you walk the pet outside. When the puppy eats, pour the contents of your breast milk storage bags into a sippy cup or a bottle so they get to watch one another eat. Once it turns into a routine, the animal may not find the baby intimidating anymore.

Become an example to the child.

Children are great at copying what adults do, but their minds are comparable to a blank slate. Meaning, they do not possess stock knowledge on practically everything. It’s impossible for them to know the safe way of bonding with a canine (specifically an untrained one), so you have to teach them that.

The job will be easy if you’ve learned dog language beforehand since you’ll get to point out when to and not to approach a puppy. This can be an awesome skill for the kid, and they may apply it if meeting other mutts.

Train your pet with the child.

The relationship may improve immediately once your kid is allowed to train the animal with you. The practice of clapping hands to coax it to come is doable for the child. This is an opportunity for you to see as well if it’s gentle enough to play with.

Teach him or her patience.

Is your child becoming eager to interact with the pet though the excitement isn’t mutual? Let them realize that a young dog tends to feel scared over loud noises or fast movements. It may also maintain its distance for a bit, but he or she just needs to stay patient while waiting for the pup to love them.

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Do you know now how to introduce your kid and puppy?

If you want the family dog to become your son or daughter’s first best friend, learn how to introduce your kid and puppy at a young age. There are no solid steps for this, yet hopefully these reminders can offer you some light.


Anny Brown, the author of this blog post, is a mom and a blogger. She has  had many experiences in taking care of children, home decoration, and especially gardening. Her Blog’s Modernmom.good4y.com  is sharing all simple baby care tricks Mom.