Create safe spaces and sleeping places for your dog. Dogs are social animals who enjoy company, and many will want to be involved in whatever activity is happening at home. Feeling safe and secure is very important to dogs, so ensuring they have an area all of their own will help them adjust to a sudden change in routine and lots of time together in the home. Child-gates and puppy pens (similar to young children’s play-pens) can also provide dogs a safe area from which they may still remain connected to family activity.
It’s important to talk to your children about your dog’s den as a safe space to help them understand why dogs shouldn’t be disturbed when they are resting.
If you’re going to pop your dog in their den at any point, to concentrate on homework or a P.E. session for example, make sure your dog has something fun to enjoy, so that they learn that their den is always rewarding and enjoyable.
Make time to play with your dog. This will help prevent your dog becoming bored, restless or frustrated. Let your children know the structure of the day in advance. They may also enjoy planning games to play with your dog.
Like us, dogs don’t enjoy being teased, nor do they understand the difference between our toys and theirs, so it’s best to keep any toys they shouldn’t play with safely out of their reach.