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Safe Ways for Kids to Play With Dogs
Your kids are your pride and joy, and your dog is your best furry friend, so you want to make sure that both are safe and happy when it comes to playtime. Just like with any other activity, kids need to be taught how to safely interact with the dog so that everyone is safe and has a good time. Playtime with the dog needs to be age appropriate and well supervised by an adult. Here are some tips for playtime with your pup, broken down by your children’s ages.
Children Ages 6 Months to 2 Years
Fostering a good and gentle relationship between your child and your dog starts early. Your baby/toddler needs very close supervision when interacting with the family dog. Here are a few activities you can try to build their relationship.
Children Ages 2 to 8 Years
Children Ages 9 to 13 Years
If you have questions about what kinds of activities are safe for kids to do with dogs, contact Head of the Class Dog Training. If we don’t know the answer, we can point you in the right direction to ensure everyone has a great playtime experience.
Lisa Marino, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, PMCT, has taken her varied teaching experiences and applied them to helping owners understand and train their beloved four-legged family members. She has more than four years’ experience leading group dog training classes at Best Paw Forward in Hartland, WI, and opened Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA in 2012, where she conducts group classes and private lessons, as well as helps owners to modify their dogs' problem behaviors.
Lisa earned her CPDT-KA in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.
She has 4 registered therapy dogs and is a Pet Partner Therapy Team Evaluator and a member of HOPE AACR. As a former middle school teacher, she works well with families and children and does school presentations on various dog related topics.