Having a new puppy and a child with ADHD is understandably enough to make you want to see a therapist. After all, introducing the dog to a non-disabled kid can already be a tricky task. You have no idea how the two might feel about each other. Will one not want the other hanging around you? Can they stand being together and accept one another as part of the family?
Dogs, if you must know, are favorite emotional support animals. Once trained well, the pup can accompany your child anywhere and help them de-stress or gain confidence. It can also keep up with the youngster’s hyperactivity and make them happy in general.
Here are the tips to remember when you introduce a puppy to your kid for the first time.
1. Stick Around As A Referee All The Time
Whenever the child meets the pup, you ought to ensure that they are never alone.
You see, your baby might love making noises or running around, and that can cause the dog to be anxious. In other cases, the kid might be the fearful one, and the animal loves to run. If no adult is there to monitor their actions, the two might not understand each other and end up fighting.
2. Talk About Limits To The Child
Another thing you should remember to do is to remind your kid that a puppy is neither a human friend nor a toy. They should not try to open its mouth forcibly or drag them by the ears. It will not be okay to hide its toys or eat its food either.
Even if the child might not comprehend in the beginning, talking about it all the time will keep them from forgetting your pointers.
3. Wait For The Pup To Move First
If you want your dog and your child to become friends, you should make sure that that the pup is genuinely cool with it. The reason is that animals tend to consider anyone that enters their personal space as a danger.
To avoid that, you may inform your kid how to throw a ball or chew toy and ask the pet to retrieve it. In case it does not work, they may act as if they are ignoring the dog so that it will come to them freely.
4. Teach The Child How To Talk Softly
Although an ADHD child tends to scream at the top of their lungs or talk loudly when they see the puppy, you should help them learn to use a soft voice around it. In truth, a dog’s sense of hearing is stronger than a human’s, and so the sounds might agitate or anger them.
5. Make Room For The Pet
While animals do not require a full bedroom to sleep in, it is still important to set their mattress in a place that a child cannot access easily. That will give them a space to regroup or relax, especially if there’s too much noise outside.
6. Set An Example
Kids with ADHD are a little different from the ones who do not have the disorder, in the sense that they take some time to pick up new practices. Despite that, if you always show them the safest way to approach a canine, there’s a great chance for them to remember the example that you set.
7. Let Your Child To Train The Dog With You
The relationship may improve immediately once your kid is allowed to train the animal with you. The practice of clapping hands to coax it to come forward, for instance, is doable for the child. It poses as an opportunity to see if it’s gentle enough to play with for the child as well.
8. Take Things Slow
You should also remember to introduce them slowly to each other. As mentioned above, both the puppy and the child are babies. You cannot rush their meeting and force them to like one another at once. That might lead to consequences later.
9. Remind Your Kid To Be Patient
No one can determine how long it will take for the pup to love the child, and vice versa. Assuming it happens faster for the latter than the former, you ought to remind your son or daughter that everything will be okay soon.
Introducing your child to the puppy at a young age can turn them into best friends early. Although there are no substantial steps to realize this task at once, we hope that the tips above will give you an idea on what to do.