In every instance where a dog is used within the family household to teach children important life lessons – lessons of responsibility, lessons of care, and lessons of sharing, it has been the dog’s similarity to us that has done the teaching.
There will always be a curiosity that will spark up in your child’s mind once you have a dog inside your house. The child will then ask many questions to you on how to better care for the furry creature. This curiosity will form an emotional attachment – a love for the pet.
Search with him for the dog’s differences in behavior and appearance. Some interesting facts and insights can be found in like-minded dog books and videos – how a dog reads with his nose, how a dog’s ears make him a remarkable eavesdropper, how a dog can fight with his eyes, how a dog has a tail that talks, how a dog loses the battle to keep peace.
A better understanding on how the dog will help your child better relate with your family dog. Then he will really make a conscious effort of being a better dog owner too.
Make the illustration even sharper by using the dog’s name. Help him see the answers to his questions. Use the word “like” to put a picture in his mind. Explaining a dog’s acute hearing you could say, “ears like scoops.” Then make the picture move: “that can tilt and reach out to dip into sound.”
Involve the child actively in an illustration. It doesn’t always have to be scientific as long as it gives him the feel of it. “Charlie wags his tail because he can’t smile. It won’t fit on his mouth. Now show your child by stretching the corners of your mouth back as far as you can – pull your lips as tight as you can. That’s the shape of Charlie’s mouth. His mouth was not made to smile so he wags his tail.”
If you really want your child to be more actively involved, you really should properly guide him into it. Instilling the knowledge and proper attitude to the child on how he or she needs to treat your dog is vital. This is also an indicator on what kind of a human being he will be in the future.