Lisa Miller

Children and dogs: ideal combination or complete disaster?

The answer depends on whom you ask.

Check with the mother whose children, all under age 8, have lost interest in the family pet, and she’ll tell you that the last thing she needs is another “child” to take care of.
Ask the kid being dragged around the neighborhood by his dog, and he’ll grumble that he’d rather be playing video games.

There are, however, many homes that combine dogs and children, with an outcome that is satisfying for all. What makes the difference is careful planning and education — human and canine.

As a dog trainer, I frequently encounter common troubles with clients who have both children and a dog.

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