Becoming a nanny for a new family is an exciting and gratifying experience, but having a family pet like a dog can be difficult. Getting to know the family’s dog might not be as simple as you imagine. Here are some pointers that might help you get ready for a family dog.

Meeting A Family Dog For The First Time

Regardless of your nanny position, family dogs are the guardians of the home and often the children. Many family dogs are home guardians, although not all of them are. It does not necessarily imply that they are violent or difficult to deal with. In most circumstances, the instinctive bond between parents and their children is evident. Certain breeds are more protective than others, however, family dogs will defend any member of their family from danger.

Here are some guidelines for meeting the family dog for the first time: 

  • Before you pet the dog, ask the owner. Most owners will tell you if it’s okay to approach the dog but always check.
  • Keep your body language and tone of voice neutral.
  • Dogs often take some time to evaluate a threat, make sure to take it slow with them.
  • Some family dogs misinterpret a grin. A smile should be avoided until the dog is completely at ease.
  • Always pet the dog’s body, not its chin, when he is sniffing you.

It’s critical to note that every dog is unique, and whilst the owner of a particular dog may declare it to be friendly, it’s always prudent to approach the animal carefully. If you make yourself at ease with the dog, he or she will quickly warm up to you. 

Tips To Consider When The Family Gets A New Dog

If you work with a family that wants to adopt a dog, it’s an exciting time for everyone. However it might mean more responsibilities for you. Please check to see if pet care chores are covered in your nanny/family agreement or if they need to be added with compensation. When caring for the children, you must think about the following to assist you in keeping the kids safe with the dog. 

  • Enforce and follow rules about caring for and interacting with the dog.
  • It’s important to teach children about the dangers of such behavior through reinforcement and avoiding rewarding roughhousing and other potentially dangerous actions.
  • When out and about with the dog, be particularly vigilant during play dates, walks with the dog and children, as well as trips to the park.
  • If the family adopts a dog from a shelter, ask about its past and be prepared to learn everything you can about the dog’s history and behavior.
  • Take care of the canine as though it were yours. This will persuade youngsters to be responsible and decent to other people’s pets.

As a nanny, you must clearly define your duties and responsibilities, as well as those that entail interacting with and caring for the family dog. Don’t be afraid to speak up if any worries surface or if you notice any flaws in the dog’s care to ensure you and the kids’ security.