kids build character thru the love of a dog
To get a dog or not. That is the question many families face at one time or another.
Whether you are still in the discovery phase as to whether you want to take on that responsibility or have already taken the leap wondering if you will survive the many puppy issues, I’ve got some good news for you!
Relax, it’s okay, it will get better, you’ll see. If you have kids (or grandkids), the good news is that adopting a dog builds character as they take on their part of the leadership and responsibility for the training and care of your dog.
So, let’s dig in! (sorry, no pun intended if you have numerous holes in your yard’bout now!) lol
Forget the holes, let’s focus on the character traits your kids can strengthen that will not only prove beneficial for your pup but are also transferable to life in general. It’s a win-win!!!
10 ways kids build character
while training & caring for their pup
In building a relationship with anyone, but especially with a dog, he has to know that he can trust you. Follow thru is critical; say what you mean and mean what you say so he doesn’t have to guess what it is you are trying to tell him. Loving repetition is key to building trust that turns quickly into friendship that lasts forever.
Put yourself in the mind of your pup and make an effort to understand what he may be thinking or feeling. What seems logical to you, may not be to your pup. Get on his level. You just may be surprised at what you learn from the puppy’s point of view!
Making friends with your pup is well worth the energy it takes to be a good friend. Just as you have friends, your pup needs friends too. First friendships formed within the family, and then with other dogs, cats or other animals outside the family circle. Learning how to be a good friend takes time spent together. As your friendship grows, the stronger the bond between you and your pup.
Treat your pup with kindness. Pups have bad days too. They are lonely when we leave the house, they get excited to see you when you come home and they enjoy playing with you and being a part of the family routine. Be mindful when you see your pup needs special attention and take the extra time to show that you care.
Respect goes both ways in the kid/pup relationship. Kids want their pup to have respect for their things, wants and needs. So does your pup. He is dependent on you for many parts of his life including the necessities such as feeding, potty issues and providing a safe home. Be respectful of your dog’s needs and with guidance he will learn to respect you.
Your pups needs your patience as he’s learning the ins and outs of being a member of the family. Learning the rules of the house can be overwhelming for him. It may take him awhile to learn certain training exercises but just know, he wants to please you. When he fails, be calm, take a break and then try it again with love.
Take full responsibility for your pup, the training and his needs. He’s a pup. He depends on you to take good care of him. If he messes up, there is something he didn’t understand. Remember, the humans are responsible for their dog. When issues arise, be calm, kind and take care of the situation.
Dogs LOVE leadership. If the humans of the home don’t lead the way, your pup may feel HE must step up to the leadership position. That in itself can cause numerous problems you really don’t want to deal with. Loving, consistent leadership goes a long way, combined with respect, patience, kindness and trust, in establishing the friendship you are forming.
Love is so very important! Just as we humans want to be loved, dogs too are looking for that forever home with humans to show them the love they so deserve. The love and friendship of a dog is truly a precious gift of the Creator!
Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging. Dogs are social animals and they like being a part of a pack…that includes their human pack. When a dog feels like he belongs, he will do anything to make the relationship work and will love you forever for choosing him!
“There is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face.” – Jazz Musician Ben Williams
If you have room in your life for a dog who will love you forever and be that wet kiss at the end of the day, there are many right now in shelters just waiting for you to call.
Dogs come in every shape, size, color and personality.
There is a dog for almost everyone to choose from.
Those who don’t relate to the dog, well, there’s always the cat looking for their next human to serve them!
I’m kidding! We have four precious bundles of catfur who are spoiled rotten and light up our lives every day.
No matter what animal you choose to share your life with, I invite you to check out the possibilities for love, companionship and laughter!
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