Dogs For Kids Resource Guide

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Dogs and kids are a classic pairing, but fostering a healthy relationship between kids and animals requires special care. From finding your new dog and planning for its expenses to keeping it healthy and active, there is plenty to take into consideration.

The following resources were compiled to help you think of all aspects of dogs for kids.

Where to Find a Dog

How to Find a Shelter Dog: Adopting from the shelter is a great move, but some dogs do not fit well with children. Learn how to find a shelter dog that works for you.

Finding a Dog Rescue: Many rescues work to find homes for specific breeds. If you’ve always wanted a certain breed, check for local rescues.

Avoiding Bad Breeders: Bad breeders will overcharge for dogs who may be unhealthy and of poor temperament. If you go through a breeder, these signs show how to choose the right one.

Learning Dog Needs 

The Cost of Dog Ownership: Dogs cost thousands of dollars per year, and unexpected vet bills can wipe out savings. Learn the true cost of dog ownership before getting one for your child. 

Teaching Your Dog

How to Potty Train: There are many old-school methods to potty train that are considered ineffective and even cruel. The Human Society lists the most up-to-date methods.

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Dogs can be fun, steadfast companions, but they’re also a lot of responsibility. Make sure everyone knows what their share of the work will be. Someone will have to agree to clean up after the dog, walk it, feed it and train it.

Consider getting pet insurance to soften the blow of expensive vet bills. Read the fine print and know what it covers and what it doesn’t. It’s best to set aside a small amount each month to prepare for the inevitable vet bills.

Dogs need physical and mental exercise and puppies even more so. Walking on leash and running in a fenced yard are a great start, but some breeds will need far more to keep them from being bored and, thus, destructive. Training tricks beyond “sit”  can be a great tool to keep their brains tired. Many dogs can learn agility moves, dance moves or even to put their toys away in a box.

Choose your breed carefully. Their traits are fairly consistent, e.g., working breeds will need extra attention, and terriers tend to be very high energy. Do your research and meet dogs of that breed in person, if possible.

Teach your kids how to avoid dog bites. Most dogs are happy to tell us when they’re feeling uncomfortable, which can help us prevent bites—if we listen. It’s vital to not scold or punish a dog for growling or baring teeth, which is a dog’s primary warning signal. Just like a rattlesnake, the dog wants to tell you to back off before biting. If the dog growls at your child, teach them to immediately back off and let the dog have its space.

It’s also important to recognize that dogs do not have the same “love language” as humans. Hugs that are natural to children are overwhelming for most dogs, and getting close to their face may be seen as a sign of aggression. Similarly, when a dog kisses your face with its ears back, it often means they’re dangerously uncomfortable, not that they’re being affectionate.

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