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The Dog Listener, By Jan Fennell, go to your Library and borrow a copy > Dogs and Children, interacting safely, By Louise Pay.

Dogs and Children, interacting safely, by Louise the east bay dog listener www.ebdoglistener.com. For parents and Grandparents to share with children.

1: Never go up to a dog that you do not know, instead wait and ask the owner if their dog likes young people. Some dogs find younger people frightening, as they move quickly and can be noisy. A dog only has its mouth to tell you off, so a growl or bite could happen. Protect your child and prevent a bite.

2: Never be tempted to remove a dogs bowl when they are eating. There is no quicker way to create a dog with a food bowl guarding issue. Give your dog space to eat in peace. Ask children to respect the dog’s space.

3: Walking your dog use two leashes when young people walk your dog (double up). This way a young person may help you to walk their friend and you keep your dog safe.

4: Watch out for dog poop it can have worms in it. Some dog owners do not use worm prevention and this can lead to children going blind. When a dog poops the worms may not be in the stools and this is why dogs are not allowed in playgrounds. Tell your children to look out for and avoid poop.

5: Some dogs don’t like being hugged; hugging is a primate trait (monkeys etc.). Always ask the dog’s owner if their dog likes hugs.

6: Never run away from a dog this could lead to the dog thinking that you want to be chased.

7: Leave a dog’s toys alone some dogs see their toys as trophies and will guard them.

8: Never pet a dog that is tied up, they have been left without their family (pack) and have no means of escape if they are not happy. Instead, wait for the owner to return and ask if you may pet the dog.

Louise Pay