Many of us have seen the video clips of returning soldiers reuniting with their dogs. While these videos are heartwarming and at times hilarious, not all animals react this way when their service member returns home.
Whether or not you have dogs in your home, there’s a grave importance in teaching children how to appropriately meet and interact with dogs. When kids and animals know how to interact respectfully, it helps safeguard against accidents.
Whether you have a new pet or they’ve been part of your family for years, introducing a child into your home environment (or bringing a new pet home to children) changes the dynamic in a way that most parents don’t realize.