While children and their dogs can enjoy a wonderful relationship, it takes some time, training, and patience to establish a harmonious home.

#1: Supervise y the same token, your dog must be supervised as well to prevent unintended injury to your child; know that both his breed type and activity level may affect how well he interacts with children.

#2: Teach Proper Manners First, ensure that your child remains safe around the family dog by teaching boundaries.

For example, proper body language, like approaching a dog from the back or the side and not hovering over him, is extremely important.

#3: Reward Good Behavior The best motivation for appropriate doggy behavior usually takes the place of positive reinforcement—namely in the form of a treat! To encourage positive interactions

give Fido a yummy morsel every time he plays gently with or around your child. A dog who is rewarded for calm manners is more likely to continue behaving in this way.

#4: Respect Your Dog Above all, respect your dog! As hard as it may be to imagine, not all dogs appreciate the company of children. Don’t force these kinds of interactions on your canine companion—this could lead to a host of negative consequences

including a bite. If your dog reacts negatively when in your child’s proximity, contact a trainer or behaviorist, both of whom are better equipped to deal with the issue.