Before you purchase an older dog (one that is over 12 months of age) make sure to ask the current owner if the dog has any history of aggression towards humans or other animals. I strongly suggest that you do not purchase any dog that has an aggressive temperament if you have young children living in or might be visiting your home.
Young children should always be supervised while interacting with a new puppy or older dog. Their curious nature can cause some children to pull the dog’s tail, ears, or fur just to see what it feels like. Watch the dog’s reaction when this happens. Does he ignore the behavior? Or, does he show signs of aggression. Be ready to intervene if a child’s curious actions get out of hand or if the dog shows any signs of aggression. (See Chapter 11, Signs of Aggression, for a list of behaviors that signal aggressive behavior in dogs.)
One good way to introduce your children to the new family pet is by having the dog in an exercise or puppy playpen. As described earlier in this chapter section titled “Introducing to The Home,” an Exercise Pen offers a safe place to house the puppy while giving the young child an opportunity to see and interact with the puppy or dog. A childproof gate can also be used to section off a room allowing the dog to be seen but not the ability to roam freely throughout the house.
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