Are you planning to bring to a furry friend home? A new pet brings joy and happiness to your family. Having a pet in the household is much more than just fun and excitement; it helps bring a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in children. The first time you meet your pets might not be first time you connect with them. Your bond with your pet develops over time. Initially, getting your child and other family members familiar with your pet can be a bit challenging. Here are a few tips that may help this introductory phase go more smoothly.
Taking Away the Initial Fear
A new pet can be a very exciting addition to the family. But remember, your pet is unfamiliar to her surroundings. You will need to introduce your child and pet in a way that is comfortable to them both. Try to modify your behavior based on how your pet is feeling. It is easier if your pet approaches your child first and not the other way around.
Behavior and Body Language
Toddlers can be unaware of how to behave with a new pet. You will have to help build a connection between them. Point out the differences between a pet and toy your child plays with. Don’t let your child behave in a manner that might cause your pet to bark or growl. When your little one meets your pet for the first time, remind her to have a calm tone and body language, as sudden movements can easily frighten your furry friend. Teach your child to detect a pet’s body language and its different moods.
Familiarity is Key
Initially, your pet will be scared of everyone. Help your furry friend get familiar with everything, one step at a time. If you have a newborn, give your pet one of your baby’s toys or a blanket for baby’s smell to become familiar.
Introduce a Routine
A new pet requires dedicated training time. Depending on your child’s age and maturity level, try and involve him with your pet’s training. Ask your child to accompany you for daily walks with your pet. Include activities like playing ball or fetch as it will help them bond and establish a routine where they will interact with one another.
Supervise and Assist
Pets take time warming up to new people. So, make sure your pet and child interact in your presence. If you have a young toddler, don’t leave him alone with your pet as you can’t predict either one’s behavior towards the other.
Pets are a wonderful addition to any family. They help your children grow and learn. They teach them about sharing, compassion and responsibility. They also help them stay active and happy throughout the day. Your pet will always be your child’s best friend. Despite the first few interactions, their relationship will flourish over time.