How To Teach Kids Dog Safety: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 68
Often times kids do not sense danger, so it is up to parents to ensure their safety. It is very important to supervise child dog interaction and teach your children how to safely approach and play with dogs. By following these safety tips you can avoid unnecessary injuries, growls & prevent dog bites, making sure the experience is a positive and pleasant for all involved.
1. Although sweet intentions, teach kids to NEVER approach or attempt to pet an unfamiliar or stray dog. Since not all dogs may be comfortable with strangers and may mistake their intentions as a threat. That includes a dog that is on the other side of a fence. Many kids are often excited to see a new dog and simply run up to the dog assuming the dog will be friendly, this can result in negative consequences.
2. Children should properly approach & meet dogs in a calm fashion, asking the dog owners permission first before petting the dog. Instruct your child to hold her hand out to the dog before attempting to the dog. Your child should allow the dog to sniff her hand first, so the dog understands your child is not a threat. It is crucial that you model how to approach a dog. Show your toddler how to approach quietly and calmly from the side. Demonstrate how to walk without quick or sudden movements, such as lunging or running.
4. Kids should be respectful, gentle and kind towards animals. Never allow children to tease and tug on a dog ears, fur or tail. This type of pestering behavior can cause a dog to bite or get angry. Instead the child should gently stroke the dog's fur in direction the hair grows.
5. NEVER leave your child unattended with a dog, specifically unfamiliar dogs. Supervision is key! As a parent it is up to you to monitor dog & child interaction in order to keep everyone safe.
6. Teach your children never to run up to a dog who is eating, chewing on a bone or toy. Some dogs are food aggressive or bone or toy possessive. Also let them know they should never try to take those items away from a dog.
7.Teach your children to never put their face up to the dog's face. The dog could perceive that behavior as a challenge. Also, make sure the child knows to keep their face away from the dog's paws. The dog can hurt a child by scratching them.
8. Make sure children know when it is appropriate to run and scream when a dog is present. High energy child's play, running or screaming can get dog over excited and may cause dog to chase, jump or even bite.
9. Do not allow children to eat or keep food around an unfamiliar dog, some dogs may not know that snatching food is not good doggy etiquette. Dogs do not understand their own strength and may topple over your little kid for a tiny morsel.
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