As with every breed, however, you should always teach your children how to approach and interact with the Poodle. Young children who are not accustomed to having a dog in the home could accidently hurt or threaten the Poodle, creating tension and causing problems in the household.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that the interaction is as pleasant as you want it to be:
- Always supervise the interaction between your dog and your child.
No Poodle, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child. You can never be too sure about preventing accidents, so it is best to make sure that you are always around to break off the play if it starts to get more aggressive than usual. This will also help prevent incidents of biting and nipping.
- Teach your children to respect your dog.
Just like humans, a Poodle needs to have their personal space. It is very important to make sure that your child knows that he or she should not approach any dog while they are eating or sleeping. He or she should also learn not to take the dog’s food away, as dogs can easily interpret this as aggression.
- Make sure to socialize your Poodle the moment they step inside your home.
The key to having a good-tempered dog is making sure that they are properly socialized while still young. You can easily achieve this by exposing them to different environments, sounds and people as soon as you officially become their parent.
- Training is key.
Ensuring your dog is harmless around children requires regular training. You should never tolerate rambunctious behavior such as jumping or barking; otherwise the interaction between your children can get aggressive.