It is Springtime and the weather is beautiful. I was walking my dog by a school and a teacher was walking with four of her 6 year old students along a path between school buildings. The kids loved seeing my dog and wanted to pet her.
So, I thought as a learning tool for the children, I told them how to safely introduce themselves to a dog.
First, make sure before you pet a dog, ask the owner for permission to do so. Have each child come up to the dog one at a time. If a group of kids approach a dog, it might scare the dog. A scared dog might bite out of fear. When you come up to a dog place your hand out so the dog can sniff it. Then you can pet the dog if the animal seems calm.
Never put your face in another dog’s face. That approach might make the dog nervous and it may bite you in the face.
Dogs are wonderful pets and companions. But they are dogs and it is up to us to learn to respect their needs, so they feel safe and keeps us and our kids safe.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR