Teaching your child how to act around the family dog
It’s easy to get excited around dogs, even as an adult. With their goofy smiles and soft fur, it’s hard to resist going in for a big hug! But it’s important to know how to act around dogs (even if your family doesn’t have a pup) and to help kids learn that when they’re young…because, let’s face it: Dog bites happen.
But here’s the good news. There’s lots of things you can do to prevent them. Many are the result of a dog’s fearfulness and inability to escape a particularly stressful situation.
Know the Signs of A Stressed Pooch!
This is especially key around youngsters who haven’t yet learned signs of a dog who’s fearful or anxious. Remember, even the most happy-go-lucky pup can be provoked. When observing signs of fear, anxiety, or discomfort, stop interactions to give the animal some space.
Teach Your Child Dog Manners (and Repeat)!
Here’s the easiest part: Teach your child to be kind, respectful and polite to canine companions. Older kids should be taught how to recognize when a dog is tense based on body language so they can give him or her some space. Practice these guidelines with youngsters:
Visit the Behavior and Training Tips section for more guidance.