Choosing The Best Dog To Add To Your Family
Which dogs are safest with children? When it comes to raising kids, one inevitability is for certain: they will always want some kind of pet at some point in their lives. Finding the right pet that can be raised around children is important, especially where dogs are the chosen type. Dogs can be faithful to a family if raised from a puppy, but certain breeds show more loyalty towards humans than others. There are also certain breeds that are better around children, and ones that can pose a danger due to the roughness of their playing or their aggression.
In aggressive dog breeds, dog bites are a major concern for parents to watch out for. In less aggressive breeds, a dog bite may still be a concern if the dog gets too excited around children, especially smaller children who cannot understand the dog is just playing. Finding the right one is important, for both the safety of the dog and any children they will interact with.
Choosing the Best Breed for Children
When it comes to choosing the right breed to have around kids, it’s important to know which ones are actually safer around kids than others. These are the dogs that will pose the least risk to a family’s children, since they show little or no aggression towards small creatures, which many dogs perceive children as. This means they will not show a hunting instinct around smaller animals, such as cats or squirrels. Many dogs still have a hunting instinct, regardless of size, such as Terriers. The size of the dog breed does not necessarily have any correlation with their hunting instinct or their aggression. Many smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas, can still be vicious if they have a mean streak due to the way they were raised or their training.
Large dog breeds that are good with children can include:
- Golden Retrievers
- Labrador Retrievers
Those are some of the most commonly chosen for loyalty and friendliness. While some view Bulldogs on the same level as Pit-bulls aggression wise, both breeds are actually very loyal animals. Even the feared Pit-bull can be a great family pet when they are raised as puppies around children. They grow an attachment to them just as they would an adult, and many even form bonds of protection towards those children that are stronger than some human connections.
The biggest hurdle when raising any dog, even smaller breeds like Terriers and Beagles, is their training. No matter what type of breed is purchased or adopted to be the new family pet, Dogs and children can get along perfectly if the dog is trained properly to lower its aggression and understand when and when not to play rough.
Training and Raising a Family Dog
The best form of training for a dog, to help improve dog safety for kids in a home, is professionally done. Trying to make an attempt at training in the home can sometimes (not always) backfire on many owners. A dog will perceive the owner as a part of its pack, so taking instructions can lessen the bond they hold with them since training sometimes includes (mild) punishment when the dog does not take to the training. Having a professional that is outside the family is often recommended, since the dog will have no bond with them at first. Many trainers recommend this method to help reduce the possible risk of danger a dog in training can pose to a family, including children. This does not mean that you cannot train your own dog – obviously – but it is an indication that when you do, you need to be extra careful and use professional methods.
When a dog goes through training, it can often take several weeks or months to finish. This all depends on the breed of the dog, since many have more stubborn attitudes than others. This can especially be seen in dogs with mixed breeds, such as Labrador and Pit-bull, since both breeds have a high stubbornness factor that has to be taken into account when training. Training from a young age is preferred by most trainers, since puppies have a higher capacity for learning behavior than adults will. The old axiom “You can’t train an old dog new tricks” is pretty accurate in this regard. While old dogs can in fact learn new tricks, learning new behaviors will be much harder once they’ve grown accustomed to the way they behave over years.
When all is said and done, the best dogs for kids are those that are trained well and have an instant bond with the family around them. Adopting any breed of dog can change that dog’s life significantly, especially if they came from a hostile environment and are put into a loving one. The dog will form permanent bonds with those around it, as well as the children they are exposed to as long as there is proper supervision during the initial months of the dog entering the home. Animals have more intelligence than people give them credit for. Dogs, especially, can be trained and taught to a larger degree than many scientists first thought in the past. They show a large range of emotions, and can form a number of emotional ties and loyalties when given a proper home with lots of love and care.
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