ARE YOUR KIDS & DOG SAFE?
It’s hard to believe that 77% of dog bites come from a family or friend’s dog.
That means that these aren’t crazy, stray, vicious dogs - they are OUR pet dogs!
While this is a really sad statistic, it does mean that WE can do something to CHANGE IT.
Contrary to popular belief, bites RARELY happen out of the blue — and your kids’ actions can play a HUGE role in how safe they are around the dogs they love and live with. All too often, it's simply miscommunication. We expect dogs to read our likes and dislikes — but often have no idea how to read theirs.
Success is ALL about education — so are you ready for a FUN way for the whole family to learn!?
HOW SAFE IS YOUR FAMILY?
Take our nifty little quiz to see where you're nailing it - and what might need shapin' up!
THE STEPS TO STAY SAFE...
Although lots of dogs are amazing at dealing with the crazy stuff a family can throw their way - they still may need your help. Kids can sometimes be scary to dogs because… they’re KIDS! By nature, they’re just more unpredictable, uncoordinated, and way more likely to get in a dog’s face than most adults. So, to keep everyone SAFE, it's OUR (as parents) to watch and listen closely.
Dogs use their eyes, ears, mouth, tail and whole bodies to show you how they’re feeling.
If they're uncomfortable, like us, they'll usually start with the subtle signs (the whispers) but - if ignored, they may turn into a growl, snap or bite (the shouts).
LEARN THE WHISPERS...
SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO SHOUT
PROTECT YOUR DOG...
AND YOU’LL BE PROTECTING YOUR KIDS
Now that you know the signs, watch your dog carefully. The goal is to ensure that your dog ALWAYS feels safe around your kids, but at the first sign that they’re not — give your dog a break!
If your child is doing something that is stressing your dog, be sure to move them, far enough away, so that your pup can relax again. After all, if no one is there to protect your dog, they’re left with no choice but to protect themselves — and no one wants that!
YOUR DOG NEEDS YOU!
Knowing what a dog looks like when they’re uncomfortable is one thing, it’s another NOT to feel embarrassed by your dog’s bark, growl or show of teeth — and to want to make it go away. BUT remember, that grumble is your dog desperately trying to AVOID a confrontation. So thank them for communicating their issue instead of lashing out — and help them by creating some space!
But it's not only reading your dog, Aretha got it right... all the best relationships are all about R.E.S.P.E.C.T!
Check out the poster below to find out the 4 TYPES of RESPECT that will help your kids become your dog's true bestie.
DOGS HERE 🐾
Sorry! We've hijacked this page for a moment to share a VERY important message...
Humans. Firstly, we want to thank you for teaching your kids, BEFORE they pet us, to ask a parent, then ask our 'people' if it's ok, but A CRUCIAL PIECE IS MISSING...
WE'D LIKE TO BE ASKED, TOO!!
We're thinking, feeling beings - with opinions and good and bad days - just like you!
*Some of us LOVE being around kids, some of us, not so much.*
*Sometimes we're in the mood, sometimes we're not.*
*Sometimes we like it for a bit, then have had enough.*
So we made this poster (with the help of human - so tricky without the thumbs!) to show you how to PAT PET PAUSE. It's fun, simple and guarantees that EVERYONE will be enjoying it.
Thanks so much for reading,
You're the bomb!
P.S. We try not dribble water ALL over the kitchen floor - it just happens.
Dig these posters?... we have MORE!!
Click here to find them all on the KIDS page
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