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Is a Rat Right For Me
Teaching your child
about the care and love of animals is one of the most important things you can
do for them. They not only learn about the animal but also many other important
lessons that will carry them on throughout out life: Responsibility, Compassion,
Love, Friendship and Work Ethics just to mention a few.
Here we go, this is
your first day at home with your new baby!!! You have anxiously waited for this
moment, planned, maybe bought a bed and all the other necessities like toys,
food, collar and leash. Your children are as excited as you are. They see the
puppy for the first time, go running up to it screaming and yelling with
excitement!!!! The puppy yips once, runs and hides under the couch and you spend
an hour coaxing him out. He is obviously terrified and you hold him and reassure
him. Your two-year-old comes running up wanting to hold the puppy placing the
puppy in his arms; he squirms to get away as your baby is holding him a little
to tight. The pup jumps down and runs under the couch……..AGAIN! This is a
familiar situation in many a household with small children, and puppies. While
everyone means well and some do not know any better, if you don't rectify this
situation in a hurry it will get out of hand.
Here are a few simple
things you can do when you have small children and also want the joy of a little
Rat Terrier in your household.
get yourself a portable kennel or crate where the puppy has a safe place to be
when it is tired or when you are too busy to attend to your pup. If that doesn't
work for you try a playpen. The first thing to do for any puppy is provide a
"safe place" for him when you are not there to supervise. This is great
especially when you are trying to housebreak. Keep him in a spot where you can
keep an eye on him or in a place your children can't get access to unless you
want them to.
to do is ALWAYS watch your child while he or she is with the pup. Make it a fun
learning time. It is realized at two years or younger that a child is not going
to be the gentlest, but if you want your child and your dog to get along you
must help them and teach them. Regardless of how gentle natured the dog is
especially as puppies, they can and do get hurt easily by small children and
vice versa. Teach your child not to pull ears or tails, not to jump on the dog
and not to pick up the dog unless you are there to help them. If you start
young, everyone will learn.
These things may save
your pup from accidental injury or your child from getting bit! While most
puppies are friendly and loving, if hurt enough times they will eventually bite
to let whoever is hurting them know, that it really hurts. They can't get away
and so therefore they do what is only natural for them to do, Bite. Given the
choice, a puppy will hide if someone is hurting them, or run away, but if those
options are not there, they will do what they have to in order to protect
themselves. When you have a small child they do not know whether they are
hurting the pup, so it is important for you to be there to monitor and teach the
child when they are playing too roughly, hurting or teasing the puppy. If they
do not learn what is acceptable and what isn't from you, then how is a small
child to know.
If you want a happy
well adjusted pup who gets along with everyone and is loving and gentle you must
treat him in that manner. Chaos in your household is a big No No. When you are
calm the pup will remain calm. If you are anxious the pup will feel it too.
Caring for your puppy can be a rewarding and loving time for both you and your
child when he is treated with kindness and respect. In the end the hours you
spend doing this will pay off by having a happy well adjusted dog and child who
is loved by that dog…..Remember, don't give up, have patience, it will come for
both baby and dog.