Some may consider this to be a double trouble of sorts and a tough task. In reality, if you are up for the job and be a little patient it can become a double delight. The temperament, qualities of kids and pets fall in the same wavelength and you have to focus on the brighter aspects in maintaining both together.
The Initial Interaction & Safety
Kids out of curiosity in most cases, attempt to handle the pets that may be deemed unfriendly or sometimes hostile by the pets. Pets too, while seeing somebody shorter in size, would approach them and would try to engage in mischief in a playful mood. It is mostly by accident they get end up injuring each other or at times it’s one-sided. Keeping a close tab when both the pets and kids are together is a must to ensure safety mutually. You also have to teach kids to wash their hands after playing with the pet animal – dog or a cat.
Tolerance & Supervision
Tolerance is an exquisite attribute in most of the pets and they rarely go on the offensive unless they feel they are really threatened. Pets, most of the breeds tolerate the pranks played by kids and very rarely lose patience. This does not mean, they can be left alone and you have to supervise their activity till you grow confident. You also have to ensure they enjoy each other’s company and it is all harmless. Kids also need to be tutored that the tolerance of the pets cannot be taken for granted every time and they should understand where to stop.
<The Jealousy for Attention>
The attention and love of the family members towards them many a time becomes the focal point and can lead to flare up initiated by the pets. Dogs always crave for attention from pet owners, whereas cats are known to assert their individuality and are not much worried by any shift in attention. Let your quality time with kids also include a cuddle of your dog and make them feel better and wanted.
Things to avoid
Never allow your child to place or pull anything from the pet’s mouth and this has to be duly averted when you pet is eating.
Kids should be strictly discouraged from throwing any stray things at them. Hitting your pets can turn them defensive and result in biting.
It may be a funny thing or symbolic affection to sleep together but each of them run the risk of hurting other in a freaky way.
Don’t let your kids to threaten or do anything violently to a sleeping dog as the reflex action from it can be hurtful.
If your pet cat is hiding, leave them alone and refrain from picking up to fend off any negative reaction.
It is the responsibility of the adults in the house to teach the body language of pets and approach them sensing their mood.
The way and where to pet and the direction to pet their fur also needs to be given a thought
When kids observe cats playing with toys, tell them neither to disturb them nor take away their object of play.
Time to leash
At any point, when you sense your dog is showing signs of aggression, just do not hesitate to put it on leash. Similarly, when you could see the pet in good spirits, offer the required freedom by letting them off the leash.With some basic training for your pets and candid advice to your kids, they can easily socialize with each other. Once they bond well, it can also bloom into an enduring friendship being protective in nature.