Introducing a new dog into your home is always exciting, especially for kids. However, to make sure everything goes smoothly, you want to make sure you handle the introduction right. Everything should go safely and smoothly for both kids and adults with proper introductions.
Planning how you will introduce your children to a new dog helps things go more smoothly. One thing to do is help your children understand that a new dog might be nervous and that gentle treatment is essential.
Helping your child understand a dog's body language may help eliminate problems. You might consider making somewhat of a game out of quizzing your child on what behaviors correspond to which mood.
The S.A.F.E. Program is an excellent way to help children remember how to interact with a new, (or even familiar) dog. S.A.F.E. stands for Stay, Arms, Face, and Eyes. Read more about these four things here.
Even if your child or children helped you pick the dog at a shelter or adoption event, an introduction is most helpful. The typical adoption setting is much different from home, so it's better to make sure you take steps for a better home introduction:
Bringing a new dog into your family is often a great choice for all involved, but works best when you take the time to do the introductions properly. Your child is more likely to get the most out of the experience with a good effort being put into the introduction.
Are you introducing a new dog to a cat? There's a proper way to do that as well! Read about it here.