Dogs are man's best friend. This fact is difficult to argue with. They delight not only with their presence in life, but also with their devotion. If an adult is able to realize all the responsibility in dealing with a pet, then with children everything is different.
What breed of dog is best for families with children? What rules of interaction with dogs need to be explained to young children? About this and not only - in the material "Word and Deed".
According to zoo engineer Anastasia Kalinina, children who come into contact with pets during the first year of life after birth are much less likely to suffer from allergies and other diseases associated with immune deficiency. It has been scientifically proven that children in rural areas have strong immunity, as their body is in contact with a large number of allergens during the early years of life.
“In addition, children who grow up next to pets grow up to be more responsible and attentive than their peers who do not have contact with“our smaller brothers”. A dog can become a child's most faithful friend. Each of us fondly remembers that first dog, next to which he grew up."
The speaker also added that young children need to be explained the rules for interacting with dogs. Which ones?
First, parents should teach their child to neither scream, nor wave their arms and not run, especially if the dog is unfamiliar.
Secondly, the child needs to be explained that it is not worth touching the dog if it is sleeping, eating or chewing on a bone (playing with a toy).
Third, the child should not try to pet and hug unfamiliar dogs.
Fourth, it is necessary to teach children to wash their hands after interacting with the dog.
Fifth, if the dog growls or barks, then in this case, the children should immediately call their parents.
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What are the best dogs to get along with children?
As Anastasia notes, dogs of medium and large breeds, which are famous for their calm and good-natured disposition, are best suited for this task.
1. Sheepdogs, which by their nature adore to patronize the small and weak. It is not for nothing that the Scottish Shepherd Collie is rightfully called a nanny dog, says Anastasia.
2. Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Mastiffs and other mastiff dogs.
“These dogs are very forgiving of babies. James Barry, in a fairy tale about Peter Pan, described Newfoundland to Nana, who nursed the children of the Darling family. And Nana's prototype was a dog that belonged to the writer. Well, and films about the good-natured bumpkin Beethoven have fallen in love with us since childhood."
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3. Terriers with their irrepressible energy and temperament. Airedale, Kerry Blue Terrier or Irish Terrier are best suited.
4. Fold-eared hunting dogs with a calm gentle disposition get along very well with children. These are spaniels, setters and retrievers, especially golden and labrador retrievers.
5. Poodles of all sizes are very good for children, easy to train and ready to participate in any children's fun.
6. Often, common mongrels become devoted friends of children.
“You shouldn't have dogs of independent breeds for children, for example, Chow-Chow, Akita-Inu. Fragile dwarf dogs often suffer fractures when dropped by small children. In the future, such a dog will be afraid of children because of negative experience and may bite the child."
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And this is not the whole list, says the veterinarian of the German food MERA.
7. English Bulldog. Dogs are exceptionally smart and quick-witted. They are distinguished by some unhurriedness. Therefore, training requires increased patience from the owner. Adult dogs weigh up to 25 kg, height at the withers is up to 40 cm. The type of wool is short-haired, which means that you do not have to clean up after your pet every day.
8. Welsh Corgi. “These dogs are very kind and warm to children, they always follow their little owners. Very affectionate and obedient pets. The main advantage is that the dog is not aggressive!"
9. Dalmatian. More suitable for adolescents with physical training at least an average level. The ideal walking option is running, jumping, training on the site.
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“Dalmatians are dogs with a lively, agile temperament, self-confident and very sociable. To avoid obedience problems, it is recommended that you complete a general dog training course. Such a dog will definitely not let the child get bored!"
10. Jack Russell Terrier. The choice in favor of this dog should be made by those who have children over 10-11 years old. At this age, adolescents are already able to make responsible decisions and fully participate in the training of the Jack Russell Terrier. “This breed is very active. If you have the same baby, they will just perfectly match each other!”- explains the speaker.
11. Golden Retriever. Representatives of this breed are devoid of aggression, do not have signs of dominant behavior. Given their gentle, non-contentious nature, Golden Retrievers are most often recruited for therapeutic purposes in boarding schools and hospices.
“The Golden Retriever is a true friend, a family member that you will love. It is also worth noting that these dogs are incredibly intelligent and value family ties."
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Whichever dog the family chooses, it is important to remember that another small child will appear in the house. He will need to be taken care of, loved, fed, taken to the doctor for vaccinations and not be offended to anyone, the veterinarian explains. The speaker also added that the appearance of a dog in any family immediately entails a lot of positive changes. Which ones?
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Increased physical activity. In the age of computers, school overload and a saturated market for home delivery services, this is especially valuable. Walking in the fresh air twice a day, for 30-60 minutes, will undoubtedly bring tangible benefits for the physical development of the child.
Emotional support. Dogs are grateful listeners. They do not argue, do not shout, do not provoke conflicts. The child will always be able to share his problems, talk about his achievements.
Formation of a sense of responsibility and self-organization. Adults who had a dog in childhood usually have a calm and balanced character, easily overcome life difficulties.
Having a faithful and reliable friend by your side, the child will learn to care for and love someone other than his parents and himself. Such a baby will surely grow up loving animals, calm and generous with emotions, the expert summed up.
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