Teaching Children How to Stay Safe Around Dogs

Even dogs who are known for their calm disposition can turn aggressive if they are provoked by a child who does not understand how to properly behave around animals. As a pet owner, the best thing you can do for your family is to make sure your children understand how to stay safe around your pooch.

Here are some basic safety tips children should be taught for interacting with the family pet:

  • Never pull a dog’s ears or tail.
  • Do not try to climb on or ride a large dog.
  • Do not carry a small dog around like a doll or stuffed animal.
  • If you are playing with the dog and he leaves, do not try to follow him. This is his way of telling you that he is done playing for now.
  • The dog’s bed or crate is his personal space. When the dog is in his bed or crate, he should be left alone.
  • Dogs want to enjoy their meal without interruptions from children. Do not try to play with the dog while he is eating or attempt to tease him by taking away his food.
  • Never try to wake a sleeping dog by touching him.

When dealing with animals other than the family pet, children should be taught to ask a dog’s owner for permission before attempting to touch the animal. The owner is the best person to determine if the dog is friendly enough to handle being petted by a child.

If a child encounters a loose dog while walking to school or a friend’s house, he should be taught to avoid the animal by confidently yet quietly walking away and then telling an adult about the situation. If a dog goes after a child, the child should pretend to be a tree by standing quietly with his hands low and head down. This defensive position is safer than escalating the situation by running away, yelling, or attempting to hit the dog.

 

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Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday when we look forward to spending time with friends and family, and indulging in special food and drink. If you are playing host over the holiday weekend, your home will be busier than usual, and you’ll want to think about how to keep the four-legged member of your family safe while you are giving thanks for all the blessings in your life.

 

How to Keep your Dog Safe This Thanksgiving

  • Keep a close eye on the door as guests enter and leave your home. Your dog may view the open door as an invitation to leave your busy home. Unless you want to spend part of your Thanksgiving holiday looking for a lost pet, make a point of holding onto your dog’s collar if he is anywhere near the door when someone arrives or is ready to leave or keep him in a quieter part of the house when you have guests.
  • Make sure your dog can’t get access to food that is left on your kitchen counter or table, either during meal preparation or after you have finished eating. If you are trying to prepare a meal for a crowd, it can be easy to lose track of what your pet is doing, and he can help himself to something very quickly.
  • After you have cleaned up after eating, take the garbage out of your kitchen and place it in a garbage can or container where your pet cannot gain access to it.
  • Do not give your dog turkey or chicken bones to chew on. They splinter very easily and can stick in his esophagus, stomach or intestines.
  • Chocolate can be fatal to in large amounts, and the darker the chocolate, the more toxic this treat is to your pets. Don’t leave bowls of candy out within reach of your pets and keep a close eye on children, who may drop candy on the floor for your dog to pick up and ingest.

 

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