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5 Lessons All Children Should Be Taught – and Shown – About Living With Dogs

There are many well-documented benefits of children growing up with dogs. They include a greater sense of empathy, better social skills, and a lower risk of allergies – all showing that growing up with dogs can be great for your children. Along with all of the benefits though, come some dangers – both for the children and the dogs.

Awareness and vigilance on your part – whether you’re a parent, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or just a friend to someone with kids – can go a long way. Staying aware can help prevent problems and ensure that the balance stays on the side of the benefits. Here are five crucial lessons that all children should be taught about living– or even just interacting– with dogs.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Children, Child Pet safety, Dog Bite, Children and dogs, Dog Body Language

Pets and Pacifiers – When children and animals don’t mix

Welcoming a new baby into your family and home is truly one of the greatest joys in life. But if you’re a pet owner, this great joy can also come with a host of new things to consider. Children and pets can adore each other and grow up as great allies, but they can also cause each other harm – whether intentional or not. It’s imperative to plan ahead and take necessary precautions in order to avoid emergencies and create a home that is comfortable for all family members – pets included.

Here are some quick facts you should be aware of when bringing your new baby into your life with pets (or a new pet into your life with children):

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dog Bite Prevention, Child Pet safety, Benefits of Growing Up with Pets, Dog Bite, Cat Bite, Children and dogs, Children and Cats

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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