How To Involve Your Children in the Puppy Training Process

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Raising and training puppies comes with a truckload of responsibilities—many of which overlap with child-rearing. Although children bring with them life-long, complicated baggage, fur-babies are no walk in the park either—although they could benefit from a stroll or two. Twist, turns, and tantrums are sure to ensue as you and your children acclimate to your new furry family member. 

Potty training catastrophes, unexpected vet visits, and ruthless teething urges are common when raising these cute, fluffy balls of chaos. While children can be additional sources of disorder in any household, in some cases, little ones can help scrape some responsibilities of dog ownership off of your plate. By encouraging your children to help with puppy-related obligations, you can develop good habits and teach your little ones how to care for and appropriately interact with their new companion.

Encourage your little ones to help during feeding time

A simple way to involve your children in the puppy training process is to encourage them to assist with mealtime rituals. Establishing a feeding schedule acclimates your new pet to routine, and including your little ones keeps them up to date on mealtime etiquette and safety. 

Before overfeeding your growing pup, remember that feeding time isn’t as simple as eyeballing the serving size and dumping a heaping spoonful into your puppy’s bowl. Assuming you’ve chosen a kid-friendly dog breed—like a Golden or Labrador retriever—consider conducting a quick Google search for a guide to feeding your labrador puppy. That way, you can enjoy added peace of mind, knowing your furry friend receives nutrient-rich meals twice daily. 

Teach them the basics

While adult supervision and guidance are essential in training to ensure pet and child safety, delegating responsibilities allows your little ones to practice basic commands and techniques. Not only does this increase your child’s knowledge and understanding of dog ownership, but it also encourages bond building, which is a crucial aspect of successful puppy placement. 

Issuing simple commands like sit, stay, and come is an activity guaranteed to satisfy young children looking for hands-on interaction with their pet. If your child is older, support their involvement by allowing them to perform more difficult or unsupervised commands.  

Add pet care to their daily routine

A key aspect of successful parenting strategies is routine. Daily structure establishes healthy habits and minimizes chaos, ensuring you raise reliable, responsible, and self-sufficient children. The same logic applies to young dogs-in-training. Implementing puppy-related responsibilities into your child’s daily routine teaches them accountability and builds a firm foundation for your furry friend. Tasks like short walks, fur maintenance, or clean-up duty—expect poop-related disasters and shredded toys—teach your little one the ins-and-outs of dog ownership and foster a positive environment for your new pup.

Nip bad habits in the bud

Although disciplining your furry friend isn’t the most pleasant experience, nipping destructive behaviors in the bud is essential to disaster prevention. Uninvited jump-ups, fear-based aggression, and anxiety-inducing runaway instances are all possible puppy-related mishaps dog parents in training dread. 

Although children are the perfect height for full-body kisses and puppy parkour, teaching your little one how to accurately and carefully command your dog to get down is imperative to everyone’s safety. Passing along instructions for mediating disruptive puppy behaviors set you, your family, and your furry friend up for maximum enjoyment and success.

Final thoughts

Puppies bring excitement, unconditional love, and companionship to any household. However, they also introduce a variety of newfound tasks and responsibilities. Spread the love and include your little ones by delegating daily doggy duties, encouraging constant involvement, and building healthy routines for guaranteed success. 

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