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How can I socialize a dog around kids husky who gets too

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How can I socialize a dog around kids husky who gets too excited and thinks they are trying to do something out of the ordinary
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Part of socializing dogs around children entails also teaching children around the dog regularly how to interact with the dog. Many children are never taught how to behave around dogs. Things like hugging them, hanging on them and grabbing their ears, tail and food are all unacceptable behavior to a dog. Also dogs are prey animals so when something runs, they tend to chase it. Also high pitched tones signify an invitation to play, so when kids whose voices are high pitched yell, or screech, a dog takes that as play and not hurt. Read more on dog and children interacting here.

http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/kids-and-dogs-how-kids-should-and-should-not-interact-with-dogs

Obedience training for the dog will help as you will have absolute control over the dog which can help you stop any inappropriate behavior the dog display such as chasing the children or at least call the dog to you.

The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html

You can also take your dog to places where the dog can be around kids without allowing true interaction. I've found sitting on the other side of the fence at school yards and parks allows the dog to become used to the noises and behavior of children without allowing them to run up on the dogs. You can then reward calm behavior from the dog with tasty hot dog slivers and praise. You can get a basket style muzzle for the dog to wear when the dog is around children initially to help prevent bites. Once the dog is pretty well behaved when children are in the distance you can start introducing the dog to children one on one being sure the children have been taught what is acceptable behavior. You gradually increase the amount of children around after the dog is used to various children keeping the muzzle on. Note that the muzzle only prevents bites and dogs can injure children by jumping on them and scratching them as well.

Here are some articles on dog socialization as well.

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_SocializationAdultDog.php

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_SafeKidsSafeDogs.php

It would not be a bad idea to have the dog also evaluated by a professional behaviorist. Your vet should be able to point you to one or your local humane society may evaluate your dog for you if you ask them.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer.

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