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The Golden Retriever: Your Kids' Best Friend

By Sandy Reynolds

Everyone loves a Golden Retriever. These happy, loving creatures live to please, so it’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia; according to Australian National Kennel Council National Registration statistics, the Golden Retriever is the fifth most popular dog breed in the country.

The Golden Retriever’s No. 1 goal is to please its family -- the trait is simply bred into them. Even so, you shouldn’t take your Goldie’s kind, friendly nature for granted. Kids should be taught how to interact with their dog, and vice versa, to enhance a lifelong bond.

Get to Know Your New Dog
This dog’s gentle personality is legendary, but even this golden breed has its black sheep. Make sure you know as much as possible about your dog before you adopt your new family member.

Socialise With Pets and People
Do you already have a Golden Retriever and plan on bringing children into your family? Socialise your dog at parks and playgrounds to get it accustomed to the noise and fast movements that are made by excited kids.

Establish a Pecking Order
Your Goldie may think young kids are littermates. But your dog needs to understand it’s on the bottom of the pecking order, no matter how small the human companion. Conversely, teach even your littlest child to not let your dog push him around.

Understand Boundaries
Goliden Retrievers are extremely tolerant, but children should respect their pet’s safety zone and not bother it while it’s eating or sleeping. Kids should understand that although dogs don’t talk, they communicate to us through doggie language. A wagging tail and bowed stance means “Come play with me.” A warning growl means “Back off.”

Teach Kindness
Your Goldie will respond well to upbeat training. Encourage your children to interact with their pet by using positive reinforcement, not harsh words or punishment. And while these beauties possess a glowing golden coat that begs to be petted, children should be taught not to pull hair or stroke their dog too aggressively.

Explain That Love Works Both Ways
Teach your children that love is a two-way street. If they’re kind to their dog in all interactions, the dog will return their affections tenfold. Golden Retrievers are particularly good with kids, which makes the bonding process virtually automatic. With that said, any dog/kid relationship benefits from a little training and a lot of love.

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