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LegendsMami
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PostSubject: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeWed Nov 08, 2006 11:53 am

The Basics in Dog Safety

Be Gentle

This is so important, but so many parents don't notice how rough their children are. A gentle hand will carry them through so many different situations in life, not just meeting animals. When your child approaches a dog, show them how to pet "gently". Don't let them pull on ears or fur, but a gentle rubbing of the fur, or feeling of the ears is okay. Don't let them squeeze handfuls of fur, and make sure they know that a tail is not handhold. If your child has a normally heavy hand, don't use a real dog for the first time, use a stuffed animal. A dog might not be as patient with grabbing hands as you would think.

The Right Approach

This is very important! From the time they first understand, you must teach your children how to approach a dog properly! What is the right way to approach a dog? Approach his owner first and ask permission!

Saying "Hello" After Permission is Given

Approach slowly, do not run up to a dog, ever. Hold your hand out, palm down, and let the dog sniff you. Let him decide how close he wants to get. Many dogs love attention, but the first few moments of every new meeting is critical. A correct approach will likely have the new dog sidling in closer for hugs and kisses.

Fear Factor

Please don't bring your children up to fear all dogs, even if you do. A child who was taught fear will react to a strange dog in a way that may make the situation even worse. Teach them to respect dogs and all other animals instead. Respect their boundaries, not run from them.

Meeting A Strange Dog With No Owners Present

It is very important to keep a cool head during these moments. Do not do what your instincts may tell you to do. The first instinct is often "scream and run", please do not do this. Instead, using a loud, firm voice, tell the dog to "go home". If he doesn't leave, don't panic.

What is he doing? Is he just watching you, curiousity in his posture (ears perked, tail wagging, relaxed stance)? If this is how he looks, just walk away calmly. Again, do not run.

Is he standing in a threatening manner? Ears laid back along his head, his body tense, his tail up (may or may not be wagging slowly, don't be fooled): this a threatening posture. Tell him to "Go lay down" in a firm voice, do not yell, do not scream. Any sudden move on your part may trigger an attack. Start to walk away slowly. Do not make any sudden moves. If he starts to advance on you, and lunges, drop into a "turtle" position, and yell for help. Parents, if you come across your child in this position, do whatever you have to do to get the dog away.

Never Run Away From A Dog

Running will only trigger a "prey" response, and a dog that may have been content to sit and watch will suddenly chase. Even a dog whose only intent is to "play" may cause devastating results when the "prey" is caught.

Never Approach a Dog When He is Eating

Parents, this should be common sense, every child should know this, whether you have pets in the home or not.

Dog Owners, if your dog is food protective, please take the time to train him out of it.

Parents! Never Leave Your Child With a Dog Unattended!

Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and even the gentlest family dog will bite if he is in pain, or if he has just "had enough".

Parents, please don't hesitate to call animal control if a loose dog ever threatens you or your child. Loose dogs are a menace, and irresponsible owners should be held accountable. Dog owners that do not care where their dog goes and what he does should not be dog owners, period.

http://dogs.about.com/od/dogcarebasi..._kids_safe.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeSun Jan 07, 2007 7:48 pm

bump!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeSun Jan 07, 2007 10:28 pm

Are we telepathic, you read my mind..... LOL
You should make that a hand book for pet owners..IMO
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeMon Jan 08, 2007 10:35 am

Good post!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: g   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeMon Jan 08, 2007 11:41 pm

great post kiomi!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeTue Jan 09, 2007 6:35 am

NICE POST I think you covered it all great job
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeTue Jan 09, 2007 10:49 pm

**Thumbs Up** Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 11, 2007 10:08 am

Thanks for the bump, I missed this first time around.
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Safety for Kids!   Dog Safety for Kids! Icon_minitimeThu Jan 11, 2007 11:38 am

Judy wrote:
Thanks for the bump, I missed this first time around.

I did too Embarassed
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