How to Keep Elderly Family Safe Around Active Dogs

How to Keep Elderly Family Safe Around Active Dogs

Having an active dog near an elderly family member can be hazardous to that person’s health. The dog’s energy and enthusiasm can easily knock over or injure someone who lacks quick reflexes or a lot of strength and stability. To avoid this, prepare your dog before the encounter, protect the elderly person while he or she is around the dog, and assist the elderly person in safely interacting with the dog if they wish. Your elderly family member can be kept safe and sound around your dog with some planning and international control over the interaction.

Method 1 Making Sure Your Dog Can Handle the Encounter

1. The dog will be exhausted. Before being around elderly people, take your dog for a long walk or let it run around at a dog park. You can also tyre the dog out by playing fetch or another game in which the dog runs around a lot. The majority of the risk of having an active dog near elderly people is that the dog will knock them down or injure them out of excitement. To reduce this risk, make sure to thoroughly tyre the dog prior to the meeting.

When the dog is exhausted, it is less likely to become truly wild and uncontrollable. However, some dogs will be extremely active when meeting new people or old friends, regardless of how much exercise they receive. Make this decision based on your dog’s specific needs.

2. Carry out extensive training. To keep an elderly person truly safe in the presence of an active dog, you must control the dog’s behaviour. The best way to control a dog’s behaviour is through extensive training that the dog consistently responds to. Training your dog requires daily practise, clear and consistent instructions, and positive reinforcement to encourage your dog to obey your commands.

With a well-trained dog, you can leave the dog unrestrained around an elderly person because you know it will immediately stop dangerous behaviour if commanded.

A well-executed training programme will enable you to control your dog’s behaviour regardless of what it is doing with a single command.

This type of training is time-consuming to complete. Don’t expect to have complete control over your dog’s behaviour in a week or two. To instil in your dog, it takes a lot of repetition and positive reinforcement.

3. Allow the dog to smell the person beforehand. If you intend to introduce your dog to a family member, you can let the dog sniff his or her scents ahead of time. Obtaining a piece of clothing, a sheet, or a blanket that the person uses and allowing your dog to smell it ahead of time will allow the dog to get over the excitement of new smells.

If the dog has already smelled someone, doing so before he or she comes over will not generally calm the dog down. This strategy is usually only useful for first-time encounters.

This technique is commonly used when introducing dogs to new babies, but it can also be used in other situations.

Method 2 Protecting Elderly People From Active Dogs

1. Maintain their segregation. Separating elderly people from active dogs is the simplest way to keep them safe. This could imply putting the dog in a crate, outside in the yard, or in a separate room that is closed off while an elderly person is visiting.

If you put an active dog in a secluded area, you may need to train it not to bark or cry. In some cases, an active dog who is separated from the group may be very upset about it.

2. Set up barriers to limit your dog’s movement. If you are unable to keep the dog in a completely separate room, you can at least force it to maintain a physical distance from the elderly person. Install baby gates or other obstacles to keep the dog away from the elderly person.

This solution is best suited for dogs who are unable to jump and will not use their brute strength to overcome an obstacle.

Furthermore, using a baby gate will not prevent your dog from barking or whining incessantly. You must train it not to do this in order to stop it.

3. Keep your dog on a leash. If the dog must be in the same room as the elderly person, you must keep a firm grip on it. This is most easily accomplished by attaching a leash to it and tightly gripping the leash.

If you have a harness on the dog, you can use it to keep the dog from knocking over or otherwise injuring the elderly person you are with.

Method 3 Interacting Safely With an Active Dog

1. Introduce yourself gradually. It’s critical that you don’t just let the dog run around and jump all over a new person, even if the dog can’t actually knock that person over or injure them. Instead, introduce the dog gradually so that it is never allowed to act inappropriately toward the elderly person.

This is where a leash comes in handy; you can let the dog sniff the new person and the new person can pet the dog, but the dog can be restrained from jumping or otherwise becoming overly active during the introduction.

This method of gradual introduction may be most effective in a neutral setting, such as a park. This reduces the likelihood of the dog being overly protective of its territory and acting inappropriately.

2. Establish firm boundaries with the dog. There are some things that a dog should never do to an elderly person, and the dog should be aware of this. A dog, for example, should never jump up on an elderly person because it could cause them to fall over. Your dog must understand that jumping up is never acceptable behaviour and that it will result in negative consequences every time.

If you’re trying to keep a dog from jumping on your elderly relative, you should also keep it from jumping on anyone else. Consistency is essential when training dogs to stop bad behaviours.

3. Encourage calmness. Encouraging excitement when the dog interacts with an elderly person will only exacerbate the situation. Instead of riling up your dog by asking, “Are you excited the Grandma is here?” you should act as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening when your grandmother comes to visit.

In many cases, your dog will look to you to determine how it should react to a new person. If you are calm and happy to see one, the dog may react similarly. If you scream and shout in delight when someone arrives, your dog will most likely mimic your reaction as well.

Talk to the dog quietly and calmly. This will promote serenity.

4. Teach the elderly person how to use the dog. If your dog is active but responds well to commands, you should teach those commands to the elderly person with whom the dog interacts. This will help to ensure the elderly person’s safety by giving them some control over the situation.

The commands sit, stay, and lay down may be especially useful.

It’s also a good idea to teach the elderly person how to command the dog to go to its bed. If the dog has been trained to obey that command, it will understand that it must leave this person alone and go relax in its bed.

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