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A Game for Puppies and Children

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, March 10, 2017, In : Dogs and Children 

It’s not easy raising children and puppies at the same time. As parents we find ourselves needing to teach both the puppy and the children to be calm.
This is a fun game. We gave each child a number to remember to make it more interesting for them.
They must sit on the couch and wait for their number to be called before getting up to feed the pup.

It’s great for a number of reasons including:

  •  The children get to reward the puppy for lying down.
  •  The puppy learns to enjoy the children ap...

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Should Children Be Walking Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, April 14, 2016, In : Dogs and Children 

I don't know about you but one of the reasons I got a dog was to enjoy nice, leisurely walks. I would see people walking in the evening, strolling along, dog walking nicely beside their human.
Now  that I've had dogs for the past 14 years, I still see people strolling along after dinner with their dogs. I also see people being dragged along, dogs barking, lunging, jumping and otherwise behaving in a less than desired manner.

I live in a neighbourhood with lots of children, all ages and lots of ...
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Dogs and Children

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Dogs and Children 

So many families bring a dog into the home for the kids because it's a wonderful  experience - it can be. It can also be a bad experience for both parties.

Good relationships between children and dogs don't just happen. They develop over time. Each participant learning what to do and what not to do.
Parental guidance is essential at all stages from new puppy onward. Responsibilities assigned to your child/children change over time.
A 9 week old puppy has different needs and skills than a 6 mont...

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Children and Dogs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Dogs and Children 

Do you live in a house with children and dogs? Learning the stress signals dogs give is so important. We want our dogs not to simply tolerate children but to learn they predict good things.
Teach your children to respect the living creature who shares your home. 
For those who love to grab and squish puppies, I suggest buying a stuffed replica and redirect to that! or redirect to Mummy and Daddy when the desire to hug the pup too tightly overtakes them  What mommy and daddy woud say no to extra...

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Is Your Dog Barking and Lunging at Moving Objects?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : Dogs and Children 

 This is the time of year we see dogs and puppies chasing skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles and barking at kids playing basketball in their driveways.
If you live in a neighbourhood with lots of children, ask them if they would be willing to help you train your puppy or dog to be comfortable around skateboards, bouncing basketballs, rollerblades etc. Prep yummy treats for both the dog and the kids and spend a few moments rewarding your dog for calm behaviour. Make sure you start off with the...
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Is the Dog Really for the Kids?

Posted by SitStayLearn on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Dogs and Children 

 We all want to give our children the best childhood we can.

Growing up with a pet can be one of the most wonderful experiences. It can teach responsibility and compassion. We want our children to share great memories of hanging out with the family dog, playing fetch in the backyard, trips to the cottage, swimming in the lake and bedtime snuggles.

 Your child will promise to walk, feed, brush and train the puppy and will never ask you for anything else – e...

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