Children and Dogs, Living Compatibly

ImageChildren make-up over 60% of all dog-bite victims and account for 80% of the fatalities associated with dog bites, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Please take time to teach your children how to act properly around dogs and practice it with them.

Dogs do not like it when you…

  • Run past or turn your back on them and run away. (A dog’s instinct is to chase and catch fleeing prey)
  • Approach them while they are confined or restrained especially if they do not know you.
  • Disturb them while they are sleeping, eating or guarding something. (Pets naturally guard their own food, puppies, and toys. Dogs also protect their owners, as well as, property that belong to their owners such as an owner’s home, yard or car).
  • Put your hand between them and another dog.
  • Put your face too close to theirs.
  • Pull anything out of their mouth, such as a bone, toy or stick.
  • Pick up and carry dogs that are not your own.
  • Chase or tease them.
  • Approach a dog that is injured. Instead, tell an adult about the dog.

Dogs like it when you…

  • Treat them with respect and kindness.
  • Approach them from the front.
  • Ask their owner’s permission before petting.
  • Let them sniff you before you begin petting.
  • Stand still and quiet when they approach you.
  • Let them know you are near, by talking softly or whistling, and do not startle them.
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