Assisi Animal Sanctuary is Northern Ireland's largest independent animal welfare charity providing shelter for up to 200 companion animals - cats, dogs and rabbits.
Charity Reference No: XR24248.
Make it a rule that the children:
It is important that you, the parent, lead by example. Don’t play rough with the puppy and expect your child not to copy you. Explain what you are doing and why you are doing it, children learn quickly and will understand why it is important to be gentle and why it is wrong to tease with toys or treats.
Make sure the puppy has space away from the children, he will tire easily and tired puppies get grumpy too. Be sure to explain to your child that “the puppy has gone to bed because he is sleepy and he needs to have a rest.” If he nips it isn’t his fault, he has more than likely had enough and your child pushed him one step too far. Puppies can be naughty but they aren’t bad.
Puppies aren’t perfect, they are learning all the time. They will make mistakes from time to time and how you deal with those mistakes will define how the puppy turns later in life. Puppies who associate children with positive experiences are generally more tolerant of children later in life.