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Children and Dogs

Please check out the resources below by dog professionals advocating for the safety of children and dogs. Children can be unpredictable and fun from the human perspective, but from the other end of the leash, unpredictable children can be scary. 

FREE self-paced online course - the DOGS & KIDS course (


Family Paws Helping families with dogs


Free Resources – Kids Around Dogs

Kids Korner (videos, books, etc.)

Doggone Safe - A Kids' Guide

Please make sure that children respect your furry member's space. If a dog is resting, sleeping, or eating, please do not disturb the dog.  Dogs and children do not like toys or candy (treats) being taken from them, so let's respect each other. We want our furry companions to see us as "givers" not takers to prevent resource guarding.  

Resource Guarding by Fear Free Pets and Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB

  • Be perceived as the giver of good things rather than the taker.

  • Always do an exchange or trade when objects are taken from the dog.

  • In games of tug and fetch, let the dog “win” the object.

  • Don’t chase your dog. Teach him to bring objects to you and release them on cue for a reward.

  • To prevent food guarding behavior, add extra palatable treats while the dog is eating.

Helpful Links

Your Dog's Friend provides force-free, positive dog training advice and FREE webinars.

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