TIP #1: TAKE A BREAK
You know that child/dog interactions should be safe and positive from the very beginning, but it's completely impossible to watch everyone all of the time. Just know that it's ok to take a break.
Putting a dog in a crate or behind a gate when mom or dad needs a breather from puppy patrol is safer for everyone, and will help maintain their sanity. Just make sure the dog does not see it as punishment by giving him his favorite chew toy or stuffed Kong.
- The Family Dog
TIP #2: WHAT YOUR DOG'S COAT IS TELLING YOU ABOUT HIS HEALTH
If the eyes are the gateway or the window to the soul, the skin and hair are both gateway and window to the embodiment of an animal’s inner health and well-being. Shiny hair, that is, a hair coat that exudes a healthy and lustrous sheen, is an indicator of overall health of the animal. In contrast, a dull coat that lacks luster is an indicator that the animal isn’t as healthy as she could be. If you notice a change in your dog's coat please consult a veterinarian.
- excerpted from Whole Dog Journal’s ebook Healthy Skin & Coat
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI