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#1 of 3 Old 07-31-2014, 09:47 AM - Thread Starter
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Puppy etiquette around kids

We have a new puppy. He is almost 4 mos. old and a small guy - currently 8-9 lbs., will be 15 lbs. or so full grown. So not big, but a normally energetic puppy. Pretty soon I am heading to a family camp with my kids (11 and 14) and the dog. The camp is for people of all ages, but there are quite a few kids, mostly babies to age 10 or so. He is relatively well behaved, is being trained, and I do know his limits pretty well and can work around those. But he is a puppy with all that comes with that - jumpy, nippy at times, etc. What are your best tips for handling the puppy around kids? Anything in particular that I can quickly teach the kids who want to interact with him that will make that go smoothly?

PS Lest this seem like a simplistic question - I have never had a dog before (ever), so this is all new for me :-)

Mom "D" to DD1 "Z" (15) and DD2 "I" (11) DH "M"

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First of all, keep him leashed at all times while you are away from home (excepting when you are in your room/cabin for the night). This avoids the risk of him running away, a bad interaction between the pup and another dog, wildlife or human (especially ones he doesn't know!), and the simple fact that you need to keep an eye on him every minute.

Your kids are old enough to explain the consequences that can occur should he be unleashed.

If he is vaccinated, keep a copy of those records with you. That way, should there be any bites of concern, you can prove that he is vaxxed.

If he is not vaxxed, you may want to re-think taking him with you (especially if there are other dogs or risk of wildlife interactions).

Watch out for the other kids at the camp, they may not have any experience with puppies/smaller dogs and your pup could be at risk for some rough-housing or inappropriate play.

Lastly, make sure you know where the nearest vet is located near your camp area. Better to be prepared!
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Great tips, thanks! I did not even think of the vax records. He will have had his full shots by then, including rabies. I will look up the closest vet.

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