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Getting kids involved in training the family dog

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

Kids have been known to ask their parents for a dog repeatedly, and after hearing the question a million times, you might consider adding a four-legged friend to your household. Having a pet at home is extremely beneficial to kids, especially when it comes to teaching them responsibility. A great way to do that is involving kids in training. Not only is training your dog necessary, it's a wonderful bonding experience. The American Kennel Club offers the following ways parents can involve their kids in training the family dog.

- Teach "down": Show your child how to hold a treat in front of the dog's nose, and then drop his or her hand to the ground. The dog will follow the food and drop into the down position. As soon as the dog is lying down, make sure your child gives the dog the treat and lots of praise.

- Teach "sit": Have your child hold the treat just about your dog's nose and slowly move it back over the dog's head. As your child does this, your dog will rock back into a sit. As soon as the dog sits, have your child praise your pup and give him the treat.


- Teach how to walk on a leash: Kids can help train the dog to walk on a leash. To do this, have your child hold a treat or your dog's favorite toy waist high. Have them tell the dog "Let's go" and start walking. Your dog will watch the toy or treat and start walking along nicely.

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