Children & Dogs

Children and dogs can be great companions, and their relationship provides a valuable opportunity for children to learn responsibility and empathy. Similar to teaching your dog obedience and how to interact with people, children need to be taught how to interact with and treat a dog.

A child laying down with an adopted golden retriever from RAGOM.
RAGOM dog and children adopt a golden retriever
Children & dogs

Keep children and dogs safe by following these simple, common-sense rules:

  • Never leave a child alone in the same room as a dog.
  • Teach your child never to approach a dog when the dog is:
    • Eating or enjoying a treat
    • Chewing on a toy or has another high-value item
    • Sleeping
    • Unwell, injured, or tired
    • Deaf or blind
  • Teach your child to be kind and polite to dogs. No climbing on them, hitting them, or pulling their ears or tails.
  • Know the signs and behavior of a dog that is uncomfortable or unhappy. If your dog shows these signs, separate your child from the dog.
  • Establish a cozy spot in your home for your dog to have its own space. Teach your child to leave the dog alone when the dog is in this space.

With proper introductions, training, and diligent supervision, dogs and children can share a wonderful family life.

Children & Dogs
Children & dogs
Ladder of Communication

Did Your Know?

Dogs communicate in a manner that is very different from humans. Both children and adults should be taught to read a dog’s body language and recognize signs of stress to prevent snapping and biting incidents.

The “Ladder of Communication” explains how a dog tells humans to stop and consider what is happening before problems escalate. To become familiar with the signals your dog is sending, read Ladder of Communication—How a Dog Says “No”

Ladder of Communication