Children, in their exuberance and innocence, can behave inappropriately around dogs. The reaction of a dog can be instinctive and unpredictable, depending on how he views the action of a child.
These 12 Doggie Do’s and Don’ts For Kids are derived from an excellent infographic by Edgar Snyder, and is a must-read for every child and dog parent alike:
- Always ask an adult before you pet a dog.
- Wait for a dog to come to you. Pet the dog on the chest or back – not the head or tail. Don’t go behind the dog. If the dog doesn’t come up to you on its own, it may not want you to pet it.
- Don’t hug a dog. Save your hugs for family and friends!
- Don’t tease a dog. Don’t run up to one and then run away or try to steal a toy. The dog may not think you’re playing.
- Don’t play with or touch a dog that is with someone who is blind or in a wheelchair. These dogs are called ‘service’ dogs and need to focus on helping people.
- Always give dogs space. You don’t want a stranger or even a friend to come up to you and touch you. A dog is the same way.
- Don’t go up to a dog that is eating or sleeping.
- Don’t put your hands on a fence where there is a dog or touch a dog’s food bowl while it’s eating.
- Be careful around a mother dog and her puppies.
- Remember that a sick or old dog may be in a bad mood and bite.
- If a dog comes close to you without a leash, don’t run away or make loud noises. Stand tall like a tree and don’t move, even if you want to run away. Cross your arms over your chest and don’t look at the dog’s eyes.
- If you think a dog may bite you, toss a toy or another object away from you. Then turn and walk away from the dog.
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