Today, we’re talking about: #1 TRUST – “dependence on someone to love you and do their very best for you physically, mentally & emotionally”
Character Building Block – “You can trust me to take good care of you and always keep you safe”
Can your puppy TRUST you to take care of him?
Can he TRUST you to make sure his needs are met to be a happy member of the family?
Can he TRUST you to love, honor and be faithful to him…forever and always?
If so, you will never find a more faithful, loving friend!
How can you show your pup he can TRUST YOU?
- Making him your top priority…he’s depending on YOU!
- Being a good friend to your pup…“best pals furever”
- Getting your pup outdoors… staying active in the fresh air to build a strong body
- Providing nutritious food and fresh water…to keep him healthy and happy
- Creating “a place of his own” in your home…so he knows he is safe and he belongs
- Doing what’s best for him in all circumstances…remember, he is a dog and dog’s have specific needs
Teaching Kids to Be a Trusted Caring Friend
I know sometimes it’s tough to teach this with the kids. They have a lot going on, and with their young years, sometimes it doesn’t sink in that their puppy is depending on them to help take care of him. But implementing some routines in the home can be fun while they are learning to show they “can be trusted” with their pup.
Here are a few:
- Starting a schedule for feeding, giving fresh water and potty times
- Playtime indoors and outside
- “Puppy sitting” or letting him hang with you while playing games, watching TV, or doing your homework
- Taking your pup for a walk
- Playing in a kiddie pool or sprinkler when it’s hot
- Letting him come along to watch you place soccer, softball or other sport so he can cheer you on
- Making nap times and bedtime fun and a time to look forward to by having special toys only used for that purpose
- Taking turns teaching your puppy the rules of the house and what is acceptable and what is not
- and so much more! Get creative!
All of these activities are ways to show by your actions that you can be trusted as a guardian, caretaker and loyal pal.
More times than not, the biggest reason a dog is taken to or returned to a shelter is because he has not been shown the rules of the home, what is appropriate and what is not or taught his special place in the family.
Just as each of us has a role to play within the confines of the family unit, so does your pup. Teach him, love him, show him that he belongs and he will be more than happy to play his part.
As you become friends and family with your new pup, you will find that he will give so much more back than you could ever give him.
When you need a friend….he is there!
When you need a playmate…he is there!
When you need love…he is there!
Put in the time, the love and the training of your puppy while he is young
and it will yield many rewards in the future!
Allowing kids to help out, not only increases the bond between the kids and their puppy, but takes some of the burden off the parents.
Your puppy will know he is loved by all and the kids will be learning important lessons of responsibility they can take with them and use throughout their lives.
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Next time: #2 EMPATHY
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