Do Not Leave An Infant Alone With A Dog
While dogs have been known to be protective towards babies, it is
not advisable to take a chance. Never leave an infant alone with a
Teach Your Child To Respect Your Dog's Space
Teach your child never to disturb a dog who has taken shelter in his
kennel, corner or favourite hideout. Respect his privacy.
Don't Chain Your Dog Outside And Leave Him Unattended
A dog tied for long periods tends to get irritable and foul tempered.
Add to that the high pitched screams of excited children playing,
and you have a potentially dangerous situation. The dog interprets
children's excited screams as a distress signal of a prey animal,
and reacts by attacking the 'prey'.
Teach Your Child How To Deal With Dogs
Children must be taught not to approach a dog that has not been befriended.
They must learn not to antagonise a dog by making loud noises or threatening
gestures. If the child is afraid of dogs teach her not to suddenly
flee at the sight of a dog, as even this can trigger the chase instinct
of the dog. Once the chase instinct comes into play, a dog cannot
help but attack what he sees as 'prey'.
The Child Must Never Hold A Dog's Gaze
Dogs rarely see children as senior members of the 'pack'. When a child
stares steadily into a dog's eyes, the dog sees it as a threatening
gesture. Make sure your child knows this.
Socialise Your Dog
It is your responsibility to socialise your puppy to kids. You can
begin socialising your dog by first taking him for walks in a park
where children come to play.
Teach the puppy that children can play with it (gently) and stress the
need to be gentle to the child.
Do not encourage your dog to play tug-of-war with your child over
a piece of toy, teddy, cushion or leash. This may make the dog aggressive,
and make it compete with the child over little items.
Teach Children not to Approach a Sleeping Dog
When awoken from a deep sleep, humans have been known to behave defensively,
that is to strike out. Dogs when woken in fright may behave in much
the same way. Dogs should not be disturbed when sleeping. If you need
to wake the dog up, call them from a distance to allow them time to
Teach Children not to Approach a Dog that is Eating
Dogs may become protective of their food or bones. They can be conditioned
to accept interference with their food from the time they enter the
house as a puppy. This requires the owner to teach the dog not to
react if its food is removed while eating. Start by putting your hand
on the food bowl. If the puppy is happy and does not show signs of
aggression, take the food away. Reward the puppy with a pat. After
the puppy has sat and been given a reward, the food is returned and
the puppy resumes eating.
Train children to look at the feet of a strange dog
When approached by a strange dog, children should be taught to stand
like a statue with their arms by their sides. It is important to instill
in children the importance of not makinq eye contact with the dog.
Important dog behaviour to recognise
Dogs, as with any other animals, have a special way of communicating
with each other and humans. Most people recognise the wagging tail
as a sign of a happy dog, but fewer people really know or understand
other signs of dog body language. A dog's body language gives us clues
about how a dog may be feeling.