Children are fairly curious when young. This is completely normal; it is a part of the child growing up. Parents should simply allow the child to explore and experience what is around them if it is safe. Always monitor your child and make sure they don’t become too curious about some dangers around them. What can be a hassle is if a child becomes too curious about something or someone. If the child becomes too curious about the family pet to the point where it won’t leave it alone, it can cause a problem.
1. Keep the dog out of sight for a while
It would be in a parent’s best interest to keep the family dog out of sight for a while. If it is coming to the point where the child constantly is around the dog, stress could come. Stressing out the dog could lead to aggravation, depending on the dog’s temper. Perhaps keep the dog within another room or outside for a while. Keep it out of sight from the child for a few days or weeks. Continue to the method until you feel the child is ready to interact. If it fails and the child continues to bother the dog too often, try again. Continue with this strategy until the toddler no longer constantly follows the dog. Perhaps continue with this for a while until the child becomes a bit older to understand.
2. Distract the child with an activity
Toddlers and dogs go well together for many reasons. Dogs are energetic and love to play and explore, just as toddlers. It is mostly the reason a toddler is always following the dog. The child simply wants a playmate and fun activity. The issue is, the child may be a bit more energetic and curious than the dog. There are many ways to diverge the child’s attention from the dog. One way is to simply play with the child for a while to tire the toddler out. It will be a fun exercise for both you and the child and be a great bonding. Another way is to simply try to get the child a new toy to play with. Something soft and safe. Or something such as a rattle for the child to be entertained for a bit. The device could be a teddy bear, a squeaky toy, or a toy instrument. Something which makes and noise and is colorful will get the child’s attention.
3. Try to separate the child from the dog
The following tip is very similar to the first one, with just a few differences. It would be best to separate the child and dog for a while, but differently. Instead of sending the dog to another location, just hold the child. Keep the child from constantly following and bothering the dog. Try to nudge the child away and gain their attention gently. If the child begins to grow upset, calm the child down. Sometimes it is best to leave the room with the child to calm their temper. Sing them a song or cradle the child until the child calms down. Do the method for a while until the child naturally leaves the dog alone. Nurture the child for a bit so the dog can get a bit of space for itself. Try not to be too hostile with the toddler. Make sure not to isolate the baby from your canine companion. Allow the two the play now and again. Just be sure to limit the playtime for the sake of the dog and toddler.
4. Simply try to call to the child
You should simply try to call back to the child if the toddler is playing too much. Try not to be aggressive or sound angry with your child. Give small “no’s” and try to gesture for the child to stop. Try to even get in between the child and the dog so the toddler will not follow. Speak to the toddler and try to guide your child back toward another direction. Try to calm them down once more if your child grows upset. Do not raise your tone to high. Do it enough, so your child knows who you are referring too. Make sure to make eye contact with your child when speaking. Only slightly raise your tone if the child does not listen or respond. Constantly repeat the name of your child and be sure to guide the toddler toward you. The procedure of the method will take some time for many but continue with it until it works. The child will soon catch on. Try to make faces and entertaining movements while calling to your toddler. It may be able to attract the child away from the dog and give the toddler’s attention toward you.
5. Take your child outside
Try taking your child outside more. Chances are the toddler simply is bored and wishes to be entertain. Let the toddler explore outside your yard for a while. Make sure to keep a careful eye on your child. Do not take the child out of your sight or let the child wander too far near the streets. It would be wise to consider building a fence around your yard. It will keep the child better secured and safe. Give your toddler toys to play with, such as a ball or rattle. Let the toddler explore the outside for a while, depending on the weather. Go so far as to interact with your child. Let the toddler run around and get proper exercise. The experience and time spent outdoor will hopefully burn good energy. Perhaps even take the child for a walk around the neighborhood. Either carry the child or let the toddler walk on their own. Walk around and explore until you see the child is tiring. When you see the child tiring, head back inside.
6. Train your dog to tolerate your toddler
I am so happy to say that my dog is FINALLY fully trained to tolerate my toddler! I found out about this online dog training tool at TrainDogsOnline.org – it has been such a wonderful help in learning how to train my dog to get along with our toddler… all without ever leaving home! I learned so many great ways to teach my dog nearly every trick imaginable. Also, I can finally correct common behavioral issues, anywhere from potty training to barking too much. It’s an actual man who’s a real dog trainer training his dog. He’s an expert so you can see his mannerisms and changes in his tone of voice… especially his body language. My dog behaves PERFECTLY now and picked up on these methods so fast. From what I understand, this will work on all dogs regardless of breed or age. Best of luck to you and your dog! Check out TrainDogsOnline.org – highly recommended!
PS If you have a cat as well, please be advised that cat pee is very dangerous for babies.