Cookin’ with Kids and DogsPublished January 31, 2008
Want a recipe for stress? Take a dollop of energetic 2-year old child and a pinch of curious 13-week old puppy. Combine. I’ve worked in many a household where that potential oil and vinegar combination led to tears of frustration. From the parents. Happily, my new clients are successfully managing their toddler/puppy relations. Caroline, the human half of the equation, adores Lilly the puppy. Unfortunately, 2-year old adoration usually means squeals, chasing, and hugs, which are things that pups can only tolerate in small doses, if at all. During our recent lesson Lilly took more than a few tweaks and ear tugs with the patience of a much older dog. I was impressed by her calm acceptance of the toddler worship. And I loved how fearless Caroline was with Lilly … nothing about the wiggling pup fazed her. I was also impressed with Caroline’s parents … they kept an eagle eye on the pup/child interactions and were quick to step in when either party needed a break. Obviously neither Caroline nor Lilly can say, “My, you’re coming on a bit strong, and I’m feeling rather uncomfortable. Let’s take a knee, shall we?” No, instead you get a wail, a yelp or a nip to let you know that a line has been crossed. That’s why vigilant dog-child supervision is so important. Lilly spends time in the mudroom right off the kitchen when things start to get hectic. While there, she observes the familial hubbub from a safe distance. Sometimes, though, The Hubbub follows her.
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