4 Important Things We Need To Teach Our Children About Approaching Dogs

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 15 September, 2015


1. How to Approach a Dog

Children should never approach a dog without the permission of the dog's owner and a responsible adult. It is quite often that we see too a child run towards a dog without the owner's permission and get shocked when the dog is not so accommodating. It is not the dog or the owner's fault when such an incident occurs, we need to ensure the safety of our children but we must also respect the dog and its owner. 

2. How to Approach a Restrained Dog

Just because a dog is tied up or confined, it does not mean they are safe to approach. In fact, it is more likely to be the opposite. Teasing or reaching out to a dog that cannot move away can definitely lead to a bite. Our children need to understand that it is unsafe for them to do so.

3.  How to to deal with Stray Dogs

Stray dogs appear every now and then, and while they may seem harmless, but because you never know what might happen, it is best to seek the help of a responsible adult. The adult will be able to see if they can locate the dog's home but also ensure the safety of the child. 

4. Basics of a Dogs' Body Language

If children are able to understand the basics of a dogs' body language it can be a heavy load off your back. In general, children seem to have an endless supply of energy, and they let it be known by their excitement and loud noise.  That's why this type of excited behaviour in front of a new dog can be potentially very troublesome. In situations like these, certain dogs can become agitated, confused or even threatened, leading to dangerous situations where harm or trauma can occur. 

Children should learn to remain quiet and still to allow for the dog to approach them when they feel comfortable. It is never a wise choice to allow your child to chase a dog or corner it. 

The best place for a child to be in relation to a dog is alongside the dog, rather than face to face which can seem threatening.

Finally, when touching the dog, stroking the cheek or under the chin is advisable, rather than reaching out directly for the face or on top of their head.

We hope that this list will be a helpful resource for your family as you interact with the family dog or dogs in the neighbourhood! 

Information Source: BarkPost

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