Kids in the Home
Bringing a puppy into a home with kids brings some challenges. Talking with your kids early on and often about appropriate behavior with the puppy is very important. We purchased and borrowed multiple kids books about puppies and puppy training to help learn what behavior what appropriate. We also used stuffed animals to help demonstrate appropriate petting and touching of the puppy.
I will admit that Sophie liked to bite as a puppy. One of the best things we did, and what we taught the girls to do, was to “squeak whine” when Sophie would bite. Sophie would react to the sound like it was one of her pack mates telling her she was playing too rough and would stop. It did take a while, but I can say that over time she outgrew that puppy phase and the puppy whine “oww” probably helped.
Our youngest still has a bit of trouble with Sophie treating her like a litter mate instead of a dominant. She’ll chase her and play rougher with her than anyone in the house. We’ve tried to train Mia to be more dominant with Sophie, but it’s an ongoing lesson. If you have a young child, there’s a chance your new puppy will view them as a play mate instead of a dominant member of the household. This is where puppy training comes into play.