Play My Way: 6 Ways to Get Kids and Dogs to Play Nice This Holiday
Between playing outside, questionable bathroom habits and general cuteness, kids and dogs have a lot in common. Despite that, it can sometimes be hard to get them together in a way that’s not stressful—especially during the holidays, when both groups are a little rowdier than they normally would be. (We blame Santa.) Here are some tips to help your pup get along with the kiddies—and vice versa—this holiday.
Learn a proper hello
First impressions are important, especially when it comes to dogs and kids. Both groups have the propensity to rush at things in excitement, so reinforcing polite hellos is key. Teach your dog to sit as they meet new kids so they avoid jumping up and knocking over little ones. On the flip side, teach kids to approach your dog calmly and to let your dog sniff their hand before they pet them.
Designate a safe space
Sometimes the energy of a party can overwhelm a dog so much that they need a disco nap before they can continue celebrating. Let sleeping dogs lie, preferably in a room away from the action so they can recuperate away from poking and prodding.
Don’t make the kids’ table the dogs’ table
If a dog is sneaking table scraps from little kid hands, you run the risk of them mistaking fingers for finger food. Keep the dog away from the kids while they eat, and teach kids to respect the dog’s space while it eats as well.
Kids and dogs are the two groups most likely to be mischievous if left to their own devices. Keep a close eye on dogs as they interact with children, especially small children they don’t know well. By watching these initial meetings, you can intervene if things get too rambunctious.
If you follow these tips, your dog and your littlest guests will be rocking around the holiday party in no time. Warning: The cuteness may be too much to bear!
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