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My dog and a child…
A lot of children want to have a dog. Dogs are so nice to touch and have such beautiful eyes. What is the best kind of dog for our child? A TOY one. Why? There are many reasons. Here are the most important ones. A toy pet means a one-time expense only, no vaccinations are required, it does not get sick, it does not cause mess or bark, it does not require attention or training, it does not cause allergies and it will never bite. Moreover, we do not need to worry what to do with it during vacation or if our child loses interest in it. But if WE like dogs and would like our child to grow up with a dog at home, we need to make a decision: a puppy or an adult animal. Let’s think together.

A puppy

- A dog without a past
- We have an influence on how it is brought up
- It is not aggressive
- It will accompany our child and our family for many years

- It needs to be house-trained
- We have to be ready for some damage in the house
- A puppy’s sharp milk teeth can easily hurt a child’s delicate skin

An adult dog

- shaped character
- it is usually house-trained
- it destroys less than a puppy
- it may be a great and caring companion for our child

- We often do not know its past
- Some habits may be hard to eliminate

Breeds such as Pekingese, Shih-tzu, Chihuahua, or Yorkshire terrier, are unsuitable for small children. Kids are too energetic and not gentle enough to handle such small dogs, which often leads to bites when the dog gets scared. Every dog needs a safe place where it can rest, unbothered by anybody, and our children have to learn this. Interaction between a child and a dog should be always supervised by an adult, especially if we adopt a grown-up dog. In case of an adult animal we need to consider its reaction to our child. If it growls, moves back or turns away its head, it may indicate insufficient socialization or negative experience with children. If the dog’s behaviour raises doubts, we should reconsider adoption.