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Dog Safety Tips for Children and Parents

SELECT YOUR DOG CAREFULLY
  • Don't just pick a dog because it is the cutest in the litter.
  • Look at the parents, know how big the puppy will get as an adult.
  • Study about the breed you are choosing and know the training advantages and disadvantages.
  • Get your puppy from a reputable breeder.
TRAIN YOUR PUPPY
  • Dogs are smart, but they always will test their limits. (Pack order.)
  • Your dog is trainable, but it will take time.
  • Take your puppy places when they are young to get them use to seeing all types of people and activities.
FENCE ME IN, DON'T CHAIN ME UP
  • Dogs that are chained or tied are more defensive and may become aggressive. Think about the saying, "At the end of my rope."
  • It is much better to have a small fenced area to keep your dog in and keep others out. 
CRATES - A MOMENT OF PRIVACY PLEASE
  • A crate in the house and a doghouse in the yard is a great way for your dog to get away from it all. Don't rely only on these tools when caring for your dog. Remember, dogs are highly social animals.
  • The crate is your dog's private space. That means no children and no adults allowed.
  • Another privacy moment is during feeding time. Best for children to stay out of the food dish.
READ MY LIPS, MR. BUSH
  • If your dog snarls or growls, step back right away. It means your dog doesn't like what is happening.
  • A dog's bark can also be a warning to stay away.
  • Contact a professional trainer / behaviorist to learn more about why dogs growl and if it indicates a problem with your dog.
STAND STILL
  • If a dog approaches you, be a tree and stay completely still.
  • If you can, back up slowly to a tree or a car and keep facing the dog. 
  • Don't run or scream. If you need to, call for help.
  • If the dog tries to sniff you, keep your hands at your sides.
DON'T LEAVE DOGS ALONE WITH SMALL CHILDREN
  • Listen up parents! You don't know what your children might do to a dog.
  • Dogs have very strong protection instincts that are hard to control.
  • DON'T TAKE CHANCES!
DON'T TEASE DOGS
  • If you tease dogs through a fence or door, their natural instincts take over. They don't like to be teased! If you tease a dog, there may be serious consequences.
  • If you play tug-of-war with a dog as play, they may think they can tug on anything they can grab -- coats, arms, toys. If you are seeing this behavior, you may benefit from stronger leadership skills.
DON'T SURPRISE DOGS
  • How would you like to be sleeping and something as big as you jumped on your belly? It is NOT okay to jump on dogs!
  • Train your dog that surprises equal really tasty treats. We do this with all puppies so if they are accidentally surprised they think food not fangs.
  • If you surprise your dog and he growls, back off! This especially applies to children!
ALWAYS ASK
  • Always ask if it is okay to approach a dog.
  • Always ask if you may pet a dog before petting.
  • Dogs may look friendly, but they may not like children.
  • Don't worry if you are told "NO" for petting, not all dogs like to be social.
GET OFF YOUR BIKE
  • If you are riding your bike and a dog chases you, STOP, dismount and keep your bike between you and the dog.
  • Without something to chase, the dog will probably lose interest.
  • Call for help if you need it. (Remember don't run and scream.)
KEEP YOUR DOG HEALTHY
  • Get regular veterinary check ups.
  • Remember to get "shots" that the veterinarian recommends.
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog. Glance at the dog, but don't stare -- staring may be perceived as a threat.
  • Stay out of a dog's yard. Don't open gates or even think about approaching a strange dog when the owner is not around.
  • Speak to a dog in a calm voice. Try giving it a command like, "Go Home" or "DOWN."
  • If attacked, "feed" the dog something like a jacket or backpack.
  • If a dog bites you, tell your parents right away, then see a doctor.
  • Don't litter. Spay or neuter your pets and control the pet population.




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