Please teach all children who come into contact with your dog the following:
Show all children how to approach a dog and how to play safely around one, by following the rules. Always ask before approaching a strange dog, and never approach a strange dog if the owner is not present.
Parents must be extra vigilant with dogs around children, dogs will, and do bite no matter how meek and mild they appear, or have always been with the family.
Teach all Children these basic rules.
Blow in their faces
Flap your arms and squeal
Smack or pat hard on the head or other part of their body
Pull ears, skin or whiskers
Hug around the neck
Stare directly in their eyes this can be seen as a big challenge
Run with them chasing you
Ever try to stop dogs fighting
Pat when dog is eating
Pat when he is sleeping
Pat when he has a bone
Pat when he is tied up
Pat when he is in a car or behind a fence
Pat when he has one of his toys
Pat when there are no adults around
Rush up to a dog, let the dog come to you
Reach over the top of the dog's head to grasp the collar.
Lean forward over the dog, better to turn side on and crouch slightly if taller than the dog
Show children how to stroke gently along the dog's side, or scratch his chest.
Teach your children to play fetch and hide games rather than tug and chasing games.
Pups can be very wriggly and hard to hold so very small children should sit on the floor where they can hold them in their lap.
Always use two hands to pick up a pup, put one hand around his chest and tummy and the other supporting his bottom.
Hold him close to your body so he feels more
secure and will prevent you from dropping him if he starts to wriggle and squirm. Never chase a puppy as they can get scared and will run away.
Sit quietly and he will come back when he is ready to play.
Always wait for the dog to come to you to play do not go and disturb him when you want to play.
The major goal of family pet training is to teach all family members, friends, visitors and strangers how to safely control the dog.