The 3 Most Important Things to Teach Your Kids
- Be A Tree if a strange dog approaches
- Fold your branches
- Watch your roots grow
- Count in your head until help comes
Most Important Things Parents Can Do
Supervise – Don’t assume your dog is good with kids. If a toddler must interact with your dog, you should have your hands on the dog too. Even if your dog is great with kids and has never bitten – why take a chance?
Train the dog – Take your dog to obedience classes where positive-reinforcement is used. Never pin, shake, choke, hold the dog down or roll the dog over to teach it a lesson. Dogs treated this way are likely to turn their aggression on weaker family members. Involve older children in training the family dog while supervising. Don’t allow children to punish the dog. Condition the dog to enjoy the presence and actions of children using positive experiences.
The 3 Most Important Things Dog Owners Can Do
Spay or Neuter Your Dog – Neutered pets are calmer, healthier and less likely to be aggressive. Neutering prevents unwanted dogs that may end up in shelters or in less than ideal conditions where they may grow up to be poorly socialized or aggressive.
Condition Your Dog for the World – Give your puppy lots of new positive experiences. Train using positive methods.
Supervise Your Dog – Supervise your dog at all times around children. Do not allow children to hug and kiss the dog. If visiting children are bothering your dog, put the dog away or send the children home.
Courtesy of Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education offers free information at its website http://doggonesafe.com/