Below are 15 rules to teach children about interacting with dogs:
Don't run up to, or yell and scream at a dog you don't know.
- Do not run away from a dog. Dogs like to chase and chances are they will chase you if you are running away.
- Do not approach a dog that is without a person.
- Always ask if you can pet a dog FIRST.
- Always let a dog sniff your open palm first before you pet them.
- Never tease a dog.
- Do not take food, toys, treats or anything away from a dog.
- If a dog is barking, growling, showing teeth, or their hair is standing up- do not approach the dog. Walk sideways and divert your eyes away from the dog.
- If a dog attacks you- get down into a ball and be still and quiet.
- Do not bother a dog that is eating or sleeping.
- If two dogs are fighting, don't try to stop them. Go find an adult to help.
- If you see an injured dog, go get help. Do not approach the dog.
- Don't stare at a dog's eyes - especially if the dog doesn't know you. This is a sign of aggression and the dog might attack.
- If a frightened dog tries to get away from you, don't chase it.
- All dogs are not like you sweet cuddly boxer, so you must be careful.
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