Tips on Educating Kids on Preventing Dog Bites: Part 2
Much like humans, dogs communicate their emotions in two ways; verbal and non-verbal, as discussed in our last blog post. However, young children are only in the early stages of their cognitive development and consequently, not capable of correctly associating a dog’s expression to a dog’s mood. Evidence shows that this can be troublesome.
Here are our tips on educating kids on preventing dog bites!
*Things to keep in mind:
- If you adopt a dog for your young child, you need to be the primary caretaker.
- Always ensure that your child is supervised.
- Teach your child at a level that they understand. Focus on the do’s and don’ts, instead of translating body language.
- Never inflict physical harm on a dog
- Do not hit, kick, slap or pull on his ears, tail or paws
- Do not try to ride a dog
- Do not drag a dog
- Never evoke signs of aggression
- Do not shout at the dog
- Do not chase the dog around
- Always gently stroke the dog
- Never interrupt a busy dog
- If they are chewing a toy, eating or sleeping, do not bother them
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog
- If your child wants to pet a dog, ask the owner beforehand
- Let the dog roam
- Many children make the mistake of incessantly bothering the dog to play when the dog is trying to leave
- Stay still
- Most dogs do not like unfamiliar people petting them; always let them see and sniff you first
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