My kids and Lola have an amazing relationship. They share a strong bond and mutual love for each other. It is a dream come true. But they are still young children with fast-developing brains, who need caregivers’ guidance and management.
>>> Management for 3-5-year-old children is going to vary based on your child and the phases they go through. Physical management (gates, no-go zones) should still be in place. However, you know your child, and if they are good at following rules, you can give them more responsibility and loosen management in certain instances.
Here are some ideas on HOW TO SAFELY INVOLVE A 3 TO 5 YEAR OLD WITH YOUR DOG. As always, both child and dog should be consenting, relaxed, and happy to participate.
+ Giving Treats
Around this age children are more reliable about treat delivery, holding it properly, and then releasing it to the dog.
+ Assisting With Feedings
Preschoolers can fill kongs or other puzzle toys with treats or kibble, hide food in a snuffle mat, or can help pour kibble into food bowls.
Fetch can be a great activity for building their relationship.
However, it is not recommended if you have a (large) dog who is overly excited during fetch or possessive over toys.
+ Assisting With Training
Most of the basic behaviors you have taught your dog your child can practice at some level.
+ Learning About Body Language
Continue to talk to your child about your dog's body language and frequently reinforce with your child what it looks like when your dog needs space.
Download the *free* Guide “5 IDEAS ON HOW TO SAFELY INVOLVE YOUR TODDLER WITH YOUR DOG”, it also applies to preschoolers.
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