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Puppy/ Dog guide for a 7yo

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RubieRose Tue 21-Apr-20 16:25:16

Can anyone recommend a good book about looking after dogs for a child please?


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NoMorePoliticsPlease Tue 21-Apr-20 16:29:03

A seven year old is not anywhere old enough to look after a dog. They should be taught by example by the parent to respect the dogs space, no hugging or dressing up or make believe games and to learn boy language. Mostly about keeping small children away from dogs!

midnightstar66 Wed 22-Apr-20 08:44:30

I agree about most of above but to keep a 7 year old away from dogs? My best fiend has several dogs and 2 of them absolutely gravitate to dd7. If she's on the sofa they sleep on her, they sit by her at the table when she eats and one chooses to sleep with her over sleeping with her owner (I'm in the same room). She definitely doesn't need kept away from them. My dc are going to be very much involved in the training and socialisation of our new pup - the puppy classes we'd been planning before lockdown actively encourage children to come along and get involved. It's better to teach the child correctly surely rather than always trying to keep them separate. I'd understand with a toddler but at 7 they are very able to learn

midnightstar66 Wed 22-Apr-20 08:46:51

To answer your question op I don't know of any child specific books but DD's have been watching videos on YouTube on puppy training. There's some good ones out there just learn some tips and get her to do what you do

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Wed 22-Apr-20 08:50:55

Jeeeez, NoMore, OP isn't talking about the child looking after the dog, just teaching some of the hows and whys.

I don't know of any books - I think I had one years ago when my DC were small, so I think they exist, though. What you could do is put together a scrapbook of dog pictures and go through puppyhood, leaving the mum and litter, settling in with the new family, what kit you'll need, toilet training, sleep, giving the puppy space, how puppies learn from consistency, all that sort of thing. A great home schooling project, as if you need another one!

Girliefriendlikespuppies Wed 22-Apr-20 08:58:38

My dd and I both read Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy when we got our puppy. It was really useful and gave dd some good ideas re training. My dd was slightly older though at 13yo.

RubieRose Wed 22-Apr-20 23:39:30

Thanks for sensible replies.

Why on earth would I be expecting a 7 year old to look after a dog? You can't ask anything in the Dog House without getting snippy remarks! Ridiculous.

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GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Thu 23-Apr-20 09:16:46

Rubie, some people just can't help themselves. The negativity does my head in.

vanillandhoney Thu 23-Apr-20 13:47:53

Ignore the negative comment @RubieRose - there's nothing wrong with getting your 7yo involved!

AwkwardPaws27 Thu 23-Apr-20 13:51:59

The RSPCA "All about" range is pretty good.

RubieRose Thu 23-Apr-20 13:55:40

Thank you! Just RSPCA book is exactly what I was looking for.

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Kaykay066 Sat 25-Apr-20 11:04:24

My kids have grown up with our dog, why would we keep Them away From him he’s a big soft lump Ex guide dog and amazing with youngest who has additional needs calms him and gives him a friend who never judges him, dogs are incredible companions for adults and kids. we are getting a golden retriever pup at the end of the year my younger boys are so excited they will help walk him, brush his fur etc under supervision of course

DreamingOfAFullNightsSleep Sat 25-Apr-20 22:20:24

My DC of about that age have read and enjoyed this book, I think it's really good for helping them learn when NOT to pet the dog for example

RubieRose Sun 26-Apr-20 13:06:36

Thank you Dreaming, I think DD will really enjoy that book.

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Ylvamoon Sun 26-Apr-20 18:01:19

I like this one... there is also an "adult" version....

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