We at Second Chances Dalmatian Rescue are dedicated to keeping dogs and people safe! We assess the dogs in our program very carefully and fully disclose all known behavioral issues. However, many of these dogs come to us with unknown backgrounds and not all behaviors present themselves immediately. We ask for your help to educate others about the importance of how to properly interact with dogs, especially children.
There is a wonderful non-profit group called Doggone Safe who is dedicated to educating parents and children about how to read the body language of dogs, how to properly interact with dogs and most importantly, how to prevent dog bites. Please check out their website by clicking here , it has a wealth of information.
If you are a parent, please check out their section called Dog Bite Information For Parents It contains wonderful tips on how to encourage your children to behave properly around dogs
Are you expecting a child? Check out their section on Baby Safety Around Dogs This section provides tips on how to prepare for baby and how your dog may react to the different growing stages of your child
The 3 Most Important Things to Teach Your Kids
- Dogs Don’t Like Hugs and Kisses – Teach your kids not to hug or kiss a dog on the face. Hugging the family dog or face-to-face contact are common causes of bites to the face. Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck.
- Be a Tree if a Strange Dog Approaches – Teach kids to stand still, like a tree. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. This works for strange dogs and anytime the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive.
- Never Tease a Dog – and never disturb a dog that’s sleeping, eating or protecting something.
The 2 Most Important Things Parents Can Do
- Supervise – Don’t assume your dog is good with kids. If a toddler must interact with your dog, you should have your hands on the dog too. Even if your dog is great with kids and has never bitten – why take a chance?
- Train the dog – Take your dog to obedience classes where positive-reinforcement is used. Never pin, shake, choke, hold the dog down or roll the dog over to teach it a lesson. Dogs treated this way are likely to turn their aggression on weaker family members. Involve older children in training the family dog while supervising. Don’t allow children to punish the dog. Condition the dog to enjoy the presence and actions of children using positive experiences.
The 3 Most Important Things Dog Owners Can Do
- Spay or Neuter Your Dog – Neutered pets are calmer, healthier and less likely to be aggressive. Neutering prevents unwanted dogs that may end up in shelters or in less than ideal conditions where they may grow up to be poorly socialized or aggressive.
- Condition Your Dog for the World – Give your puppy lots of new positive experiences. Train using positive methods i.e. clicker training.
- Supervise Your Dog – Supervise your dog at all times around children. Do not allow children to hug and kiss the dog. If visiting children are bothering your dog, put the dog away or send the children home.