under the age of thirteen "teenager" should NEVER
be left unsupervised with any dog, even for a few
moments. If in doubt at thirteen and your child is unsure
about dogs and does not know this code, again should NEVER
be left unsupervised with any dog, even for a few moments.
do not always appreciate being hugged or cuddled unless familiar
with it from an early age. Slowly find out what the dog will
accept, supervising constantly to ensure no unacceptable behaviour
occurs on either side. Children are a excitable energy and
dogs tend to mirror energy. Make sure children are always
calm around dogs.
Make sure children give the dog space and allow the dog to
come to them and remain calm around dogs at all times. High
pitched squeals can also upset a dog or resemble pray. I personally
do not recommend squeaky toys for dogs.
should never approach or disturb a dog that is sleeping, or
follow a dog that is trying to find a quiet space to get away.
Children need to learn not to tease or bully the dog and the
dog has to learn not to jump up at children or be too boisterous.
Experiences during the first year of a dog's life make all
the difference to future temperament and character. Take the
time to socialise your puppy, this can result in a friendly
adult dog that enjoys the company of people. Socialising is
easy and means simply taking your puppy out and about as much
as possible, meeting lots of people and other dogs. Please
read abuot out puppy
training and dog
good puppy socialisation class can help your training. Puppies
are usually admitted between the ages of 12 and 20 weeks and
the entire family is encouraged to attend.
Happy dogs usually don't bite, but all dogs may bite if they
feel threatened or if they are very excited.
Dogs don't know right from wrong and they have to be taught
how to behave (just like children). They live in the moment
and not in the past or future like human.
react to what is around them and how they feel in this momnet.
If they feel unwell and the room is noisy, they may react
differently than if they the room is quiet or they feel well.
DOG SAFE CODE ********************************************
teach yourself and your children this code to help them stay
safe around dogs:
ask the owner before touching any dog and listen to what
the owner tells you.
may be frightened by sudden movements so walk, don't run
the dog plenty of space so it doesn't feel scared.
away from busy dogs, bored dogs, dogs that are ill, or dogs
that are tied up.
quiet and talk quietly when around dogs. No squealing!
feed an dog if the owner has told you to do so.
approach a dog when it's sleeping or feeding or drinking,
or try to remove its toy.
be cross, hit, smack or kick a dog.
call a dog to you and leave him alone if he doesn't come
(don't pull him off a sofa, for example).
play games where the dog chases you, or rough and tumble
a dog approaches you, stand tall side on (like a tree),
tuck away your hands and look away when a strange or excited
dog comes up to you. BE A TREE
a dog is aggressive and you are knocked over, curl up small
(like a rock), tuck in your head and cover your ears with
folded arms. BE A STONE
run away as dogs love to chase.
eat when close to a dog. Always drop any toys or food so
the dog goes away.
you are on a bike and a dog chase you, get off on the opposite
side and put the bike between yourself and the dog.
a dog tries to bite or jump up, put your bag between yourself
and the dog.
wash your hands after touching a dog.
RULES TO REMEMBER!
looking into dogs eyes. If you do, blink slowly look
down and look away. Always staying calm.
No touching, even if you think he needs a
cuddle, could end in a bite.
No talking, you could be joining in and encouraging
the dog to bark or what he thinks is warning him. Some dominant
dogs may warn back or even bite. STAY CALM AND ASSERTIVE!
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