Introducing Your New Pet to Children

Young Asian boy playing with puppy on grass

If you are bringing a new pet to a home with children, it is extremely important to give both the animal and the kids enough time to acclimate to each other. Here are some tips for a more successful introduction of kids and pets:

Let the Animal Smell Something of the Child’s

Before you bring the animal and the child into proximity with each other, you can hold an article of the child’s clothing out to the pet and allow the animal sniff it and examine it. This shows the pet that you are in charge and you are giving it permission to smell the item. When you prove that you are in charge, it helps you establish a set of rules that the animal will follow.

Remain in Control of the Introduction

It is always a good idea to tire the animal out before introducing something new. You might want to take the pet for a long walk to get rid of excess energy before you make the introduction. Since you already gave the animal a chance to sniff the child’s scent, your pet should recognize it when you go back into the house. It is important for you, your spouse, and your kids to remain calm around the animal. Keep dogs on a leash during the introduction process. Keep the animal far away from the child and gradually decrease the distance until you are sure that everyone can interact safely.

Teach the Child How to Interact with the Pet

Get your kids acclimated to the idea of an animal by showing them how to treat it and how to play with it. Teach them how important it is to approach a new animal slowly and calmly. You should also show them how to pet and touch the animal softly to keep them from provoking the animal to bite.

Very important: Once you and your new pet are comfortably settled in your home, schedule an appointment with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for a pet wellness exam. In addition to an exam, a deworming and perhaps some vaccinations, there are certain diseases contagious between dogs and cars and humans, and these should be discussed with your veterinarian. Our north Dallas area veterinary practices are here to keep your animals happy and healthy. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033

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