As a mom, you might want your children to become dog lovers because dogs can help shape their personality. However, if your dog unusually barks, paces, pants, trembles, hides, or licks excessively, he might be anxious and can be fearsome of your children too. Yes, dogs, like humans, also suffer from anxiety.Continue reading
I adore my dogs. They keep me company at home and outdoors. I also believe that having a dog around with kids has a significant impact on their personality.
Training a dog depends on how passionate you are. However, as a downside, the challenge of cleaning the house every day is overwhelming. The effort and time I spend just to get rid of my pet’s mess stress me out.
I have some cleaning tips that you may find helpful to solve the issue. If we are on the same boat, I bet that you should try it too.
Here are some simple and practical solutions for a messy home caused by loving pets. When done right, you will keep your house always clean and smelling fresh.
The best way to minimize house mess caused by pets is to take care of the source first. Are you sick of those sticking, flying and rolling pet fur? Take care of your pet.
Brushing your dog or cat daily will minimize the shedding a lot. Take those loose hairs first before it starts falling down the floor and scatters all over. This way, all you need to do after is to clean all that you’ve missed. I recommend doing regular shaving of your pet for good grooming.
Falling hairs can be annoying. When my Husky sheds, puffy balls of dog hair can be found anywhere in the house. When not cleaned properly, it sticks to the clothes, rolls under the furniture and sprinkles all over the floor.
Cleaning all the annoying fur manually will take the most of your precious time. I suggest that you invest in the best vacuums to clean pet hair. Vacuum cleaning is fast and easy. It can pick up even the smallest strand of hair.
Owning a four-legged pet does not mean your house should be stinky. If you allow your pet to stay on the sofa and bed, naturally your environment will eventually smell like a dog. But do you know that a little sprinkle of baking soda on certain areas will freshen it up and eliminate the bad smell?
Let the baking soda stay on the sofa, cushions, and bed for twenty minutes. It would be enough time to absorb the odor. Vacuum it all after.
Using rubber gloves to get rid of the fur is very practical. Damp the gloves first before application. Wipe away dog hairs from the surface of the sofa or bed. As you run your hands over, the fur will stick into the damp gloves making it easier for you to throw it out.
This method only works well with few strands of fur and on upholstered furniture. If you don’t have rubber gloves, a moist sponge will also do the trick. For clusters of fur at home, it’s best to use a trusted vacuum cleaner.
Urine and poop are part of loving a pet. If you have a dog, you can relate. Get rid of the stinky smell of urine by making a pee stain remover. Just mix water and dish soap to make a solution. Dip a clean fabric into the solution and use it to blot out the mess.
You can also dash the stained areas with white vinegar and water mixture.
Are you frustrated about those pet hairs that stick on your coat? It takes too long to get those furs from my jacket, and it drags me down especially if I am tight on time. I place lint rollers near my door for convenience. They are efficient in taking off pet hairs off my clothes in a jiffy.
When I don’t have lint rollers, a roll of tape works just the same. Masking tape, packaging tape or any type of adhesive tape will do. It will take a bit longer and more tape usage though.
Although I accept that raising a baby and taking care of pets at home is quite a task for a mom, I am proud to say that I found a way to make things work out. Sharing these cleaning tips to get rid of my pet‘s mess is what I go through every day. I never say it’s easy, but taking the challenge is worth it.
Remember, there are practical solutions to common pet problems at home. Cleaning their mess is one of them. Try the tips I shared with you, and I guarantee that it will make your days easier. But well, of course, I wait for some suggestions that you may share with me too!
Dogs have a mindset of a two and half year old toddler. The techniques used for both work on them cognitively and emotionally.
When you are training your dog, you will learn to handle children better. It will prepare you for parenting beforehand. The dog training tips and tricks that are perfect for dogs are equally useful for raising well-behaved children.
Here are some dog training tricks that effectively help us raise a well-behaved child.
Children develop the power of self-control and self-regulation at age 3 to 5. The process continues till age 10. Three parts of the brain are involved in self-control:
Dogs have the left side of their brain involved in self-control. Dogs adopt impulsive behaviors such as destructive chewing, excessive biting, etc when their left frontal cortex is over-used. It’s similar in children when they demonstrate a stubborn behavior during the waiting period at a shop/bakery/restaurant.
Dog trainers learn to differentiate between an impulsive and attention-seeking behavior. When the dog deliberately misbehaves, the dog trainer or dog owner stops paying attention. When it’s an impulsive behavior, they try to find the cause and its solution. Trainers understand if the pooch is suffering from separation anxiety (an instinctual behavior) and give him a treat-dispensing puzzle for long-term playtime.
In children, the instinctual behaviors are a display of possessiveness and impatience. They can be tackled best if they are engaged in an acceptable behavior. If they are ignored for long, they may indulge in an inappropriate behavior. We often ignore the child until she gets in trouble when we have no other option than to punish them.
Dogs and children are famous for imitating adults. They understand and follow their body language more than words. They have a short-term attention span, so an adult’s focus is required to guide them properly towards a task.
Research has shown how dogs can read and imitate our emotions quite perfectly. They are well-tuned well to our emotions and actions. In times of grief, you will never find your dog laughing at you.
Babies and toddlers can only be attracted by physical cues. You can grab their attention using social cues.
If your dog loves you, he will imitate you to get in tune with you. They are pack animals that are trained to follow the leader. Dog-owners who attend doga classes must have seen their pooch trying to imitate them.
Children are no different! They find their role models in you. They pick up your habits, your behavior, your way of dressing, your attitude and so on. They find their ideal in you. Their rights and wrongs are defined by what you do and avoid.
According to an experiment conducted at Yale University in the Canine Cognition Center, dogs imitate human behavior but skip on the irrelevant steps, but toddlers mimic the adult behavior without questioning it. Toddlers will follow through the irrelevant steps without judging its need for the outcomes.
The results show that parents have an upper hand on their toddlers. Parents can mold child behavior just by bringing a change in their own habits.
Positive training rejects old disciplining techniques that are based on inculcating fear and imposing punishments on dogs. It approves positive and negative reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is about praising the dog or giving him treats for the good work done. All it requires is a consistency of rewards. There should be no delays. Negative reinforcement is preventing the dog from bad behavior by creating negative consequences. Consistency is required here too.
Research has shown that children can easily grasp the process of positive reinforcement. They will repeat the behavior that ends in rewards and positive outcomes. Negative reinforcement, alternatively, is difficult for the children to grasp at an early age. It can be employed at a later stage of life as it requires complicated reasoning.
Using positive reinforcement, if you can set the routine of your dog to brush teeth daily, go out for walk, and so on; you can set perfect routines of your child.
Positive reinforcement doesn’t mean allowing everything to the dogs and toddlers. Boundaries and limitations need to be set for both of them. The rules and restrictions vary from personality to personality of the dog or child. If the rules are broken, a calm and controlled behavior is essential.
The authority figure has to handle the situation in a calm manner. Raising the voice or losing temper weakens the position of the adult handling the dog or child. It encourages reactive behavior of the pooch or child. They might revolt and disobey the orders. That’s why it’s important to stay patient and consistent.
James is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant with years of experience in dog training and the man behind LabradorTrainingHQ.com. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times.
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Considering the challenges of 21st Century, our kids are vulnerable to develop a less emotionally intelligent and pessimistic personality. They may suffer from loneliness, stress, and depression due to a lack of love, kindness, and attention from their parents.
Pets provide psychological, physical, and social benefits to our children. Dogs, specifically, can impact our children positively and help them develop an optimistic outlook on life. We all know how much loyal dogs are, here are some ways dogs demonstrate their loyalty to our children:
Various studies concluded that pets can lower the chances of depression in pet-owners. They help introvert and shy ones to develop a positive and optimistic vision of life.
When our children take the responsibility of caring for the pet, they benefit from their presence. Dogs, especially, teach children to live in the moment and love unconditionally. They teach stressed, shy or introverted children to change their lives in a positive way. Children having pets are found to be more social, outspoken and happy.
Karen Winegar, animal expert, in her interview to New York Times mentioned that the bond of human and animal works at emotional level rather than on intellectual level. This emotional bond nurtures us in unexpected ways.
Less-popular kids have low self-esteem and self-confidence. They seek social acceptance inside and outside the home. ‘Special Children’ specifically face the challenges of being rejected. Pets show acceptance to everyone they come across.
Pets do not judge, criticize, or pass comments. They love your kids unconditionally in spite of their mischievous behavior. They do not leave out children with physical or mental abnormalities.
A published research in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology revealed that dog owners have higher self-esteem, sense of belongingness and purposefulness in their lives than non-dog-owners.
Such confidence and self-esteem make a child impact their surroundings in a positive way. They see the world in a positive light because they attract praise and appreciation from everyone due to their confidence.
Pets become a reason to strengthen the family bonds. All the family members take turns to care for the pet and fulfill his daily needs.
Dogs require play time and long walks to burn the extra calories. During playtime, most families enjoy a great time together with their dogs. Such bonding helps to sharpen the communication and social skills in children. Who doesn’t know how important social skills are for a successful life.
Children learn to win social acclaim and acceptance. It helps them develop optimism towards people and life.
Children facing reading and learning disabilities can seek the assistance of a pet. They may read or teach their dog. The uncritical friend helps the child sharpen his learning skills. Moreover, he provides the child a companionship to share all his secrets. Such companionship boosts a child’s self-confidence.
Moreover, the self-confidence of children increases when they do little stuff for the dog such as providing food and water and fulfilling their daily grooming needs. They feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every task. Their parent’s appreciation gives them a confidence boost.
Dogs help the kids attract people due to their cuteness. They bring an opportunity for the children to develop a social circle of their own.
Introvert and shy children can learn to communicate better by being expressive to their pets in isolation. They learn the difference between harsh and gentle actions. They learn to be more empathetic and compassionate in their daily dealings with others. It helps the child develop good social relationships with everyone.
Moreover, good words and actions send out positive vibes which equal greater social acceptance and social circles.
Children having pets have low-stress level and blood pressure. The physical touch with a pet leads to a release of feel-good hormones, the endorphins, and oxytocin. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), children who have dogs usually have a low stress or anxiety level.
Moreover, pets provide emotional support to the child in times of grief. They prevent the child from loneliness and rejection.
Such positive experiences in childhood help children develop compassionate, kind, and beautiful pictures of the world. They learn to manage their emotions in a better way. They see the world as the best place to live.
Children who learn the basic skills of success: emotional and social management at an early age are bound to live a happier and successful life.
Children who are not rejected or neglected in their childhood by their busy parents/guardians/caretakers learn to give time, love and care to others in their lives.
Moreover, a happy and strong family bonding helps the child to maintain his relationships in a similar manner. All in all, dogs play a significant role in developing a positive outlook of a child.