The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well.
Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it should use the kun'yomi reading. When learning the kanji, you didn't learn that reading, so here's a mnemonic to help you with this word:
Just imagine your parents saying oh yah (おや) over and over at you. What did you do at school today? I beat up this kid. "Oh yah?"
Both parents of this puppy are German Shepherds.
I have to get a signature from my parents.
If the parents are both swans, the child should also be a swan, right?