and puppies .... and who needs protection from who ....
Sadly, over the past few years, dogs in general have had a rather bad press. Sweeping aside the usual hysteria, and circulation boosting headlines, there have
been a few quite horrific cases of children being attacked by “supposed” family pets. There’s never - to the best of my knowledge - ever - been a case of a child being
attacked by a Labrador or Spaniel.
All the breeders that we know, place “temperament” uppermost on their list when
looking for a breeding dog, either for the “Show Ring” or as a “Working” dog.
It’s the most attractive quality of these breeds - they can be complete family dogs.
Having got that off my chest .....let’s have a look at a few “golden” rules.
- Children under the age of 5 should never be left alone with a puppy - both for the sake of the puppy and the child. What appears to be a “calm and peaceful”
scene, can rapidly turn into a bit “rough and tumble” ..........with potentially disastrous results.
- A 16 week old labrador puppy can weigh more than a young child, and quite easily knock the child into furniture - or a door post - or on to a hard floor with possibly fatal results.
Our rule on this one is ...
“If you want to play with a puppy, sit on the floor and wait for the puppy to come to you.
If it doesn’t - then it doesn’t want to play - so please - leave it alone!
- Children need to have it explained to them that a puppy is not some sort of toy, to be pushed, pulled, picked up and dropped. It’s a “little baby”, that can easily be injured.
It also has very sharp little teeth - so beware - and treat it with respect.
- Children also need to be told that when the puppy is in its bed or pen, it’s because it’s tired and resting - so please - leave it alone.
- Don’t worry - within a few months - it’ll be the puppy constantly appearing with its favourite toy - wanting the child to play.
- Gently but firmly, resist any pleas to allow the puppy to go or sleep upstairs.
Toys etc will be chewed, carpets soiled - and the puppy’s hips ruined by the staircase.
Just in passing ...........
By now, you’re probably beginning to think that I don’t like children.
That’s not true - but I do think that more often than not, it’s the puppy needing protection from the child - rather than the other way round.
As time goes by, a bond between puppy and child will grow to the point where they’re almost inseparable. There’ll probably be a few tears along the way - it’ll probably be the child’s fault!