PONS and children
can be a heartwarming combination in most
cases. They really can be good friends, and
both benefit from this loving relationship.
are specific guidelines that parents who are
dedicated pet owners must observe in all
situations. Why is this ? As loving and loyal
as PONS can be, they are still canines, with a
limited capacity for complex thoughts which are
part of their species.
Please bear in mind that young
children must never be left alone with a dog.
The type of play which excites a dog needs to be
discouraged and dogs need to be trained to
understand their place in your family. There
should be no exceptions to this guideline.
live by these guidelines, will have an extremely
rewarding relationships with their PONS for many
may think that it an anomaly when we hear
stories of family pets attacking children and
nevertheless, parents still choose to bring dogs
into their families with little thought of the
possible adverse consequences.
Most families with a dog will thankfully never
have to deal with any of the terrible situations
we hear about in the news media.. Dogs generally
love people and most dogs love children.
Children tend to love dogs as much as their
parents do, and it is very doubtful that after
thousands of years the connection between canine
and humankind will be broken. However, children
do become upset and behave in unreasonable ways
around their pets. When my Shakey was only one
year old, my foster daughter became angry and
slapped him across the face. Fortunately, his
good temperament saved him and he looked at her
in distain and walked away. This took place very
quickly, but I will never forget it.
How do you create the best possible environment
for your children and your PON so that you won't
need to worry unduly about unexpected tragedy.
Experts generally agree upon at least three
points which must be taken when bringing a dog
into a household with children.
First, be sure that very young children, as well
as older children who may display immature, or
impulsive, behaviors, are NEVER left alone with
your PON. Your PON is unlikely to suddenly
attack, but a dog - like a small child itself -
will not always choose the best response when it
is unintentionally teased, harmed or threatened
in play. You wouldn't leave small children
unattended in play for more than a few seconds
or minutes (depending upon their age). So if
your child and your dog are together, you should
be even more vigilant, as the potential for
accidents is at least doubled. In the case with
Shakey, I was on the scene, but nevertheless, my
foster daughter became upset in an instant when
things did not go her way and she took it out on
Secondly, you should discourage roughhousing
with your PON. PONS in general have good
temperaments, but they may become upset in
Thirdly, ensure that your family PON
is moderately well trained. While some trainers
may feel that the owner is adequately qualified
to take on this task, you may wish to consider
having your PON professionally trained. In my
case, Shakey's breeder socialized him before his
arrival here (Texas) at the age of four months.
Aggression can happen with even the most loving
owners when incorrect training, or improper
handling of the dog is not addressed when they
are puppies. Working with your PON breeder may
give you greater peace of mind you are looking
for when selecting a PON puppy for your
children. Alternatively, if you train your PON
yourself, you need to ensure that the PON
understands that you are the top dog, and that
he is not above your children in your family's
pecking order. Good luck and please keep us