From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Hi and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with another Bichon Frise newsletter.
Today we will discuss child safety with dogs such as your Bichon Frise!
Almost everyone loves puppies, right? Especially children.
But sometimes we have to teach our children to respect the boundaries of puppies and dogs.
We don’t want to cause any accidents and cause both child and puppy to have a traumatic experience and be afraid of each other right?
That would be downright terrible. : (
So, for this newsletter I’ll be giving you some tips for child safety and small dogs.
CHILD SAFETY AND SMALL DOGS
Not a snappy or timid dog, the Bichon Frise has a natural love and enjoyment of interacting with children.
As with any breed of dog, children have to learn to respect the dog and look for signs that they dog has had enough attention or playing for the time being.
Children need to be taught:
- Never move quickly towards the dog or puppy or make any kind of threatening moves towards the animal even in play.
- Never tease the dog with food, treats, or toys. It is fine to play with the dog but don’t tease or taunt as this can turn even very well behaved dogs into more aggressive and possessive animals.
- Never try to grab at or hold the dog or puppy if he or she is struggling to get away. This can trigger a “fight or flight” response that may cause the dog to snap, or can even injure the dog as it struggles to get away.
- Supervise your child with the dog or puppy and teach your child how to understand what the dog is trying to say. Teaching children to read the Bichon Frise dogs behavior is a key part of learning how to interact with the dog.
- In cases where the Bichon Frise is timid around children parents or adults should supervise all interactions until the dog understands that the children are part of the family and that they are not harmful.
- If children are responsible for feeding, walking or caring for the Bichon Frise be sure to check-up on their chores regularly to make sure they are doing things as they should be done.
Children should also learn that not all dogs are as friendly and social as their Bichon Frise.
Kids should treat all strange dogs as aggressive and also learn how to protect their Bichon Frise should they encounter a dog that is not with its owner while on a walk or outside of their fenced yard.
Teaching kids these basics will help them become better pet owners, plus will also encourage a bond between the Bichon Frise and the children, something that will benefit them both.
I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Bichon Frise newsletter!
All the best and take care