|Puppy Dogs and Kids|
is the biggest thing to a dog ...
ever put your face lower than the
dogs face. If you are lying
on the floor, puppy will think you
are not as important as it is and
will jump on you! Then, if you get
scratched, remember the puppy is only
doing what is in his nature –
he did not mean to hurt you,
he is just playing the only way he
When you approach dogs, do not approach from the front. Approach from the side so the dog has a chance to check you out first. Then if the owner allows you to touch the dog, extend the closed hand towards the dog to sniff. If the dog seems okay, scratch the dog under the chin or pat his shoulder. DO NOT attempt to pat strange dogs on the top of their heads as this is a bit pushy and rude in their eyes and could make them cross. DO NOT lean over the dog as this too could make the dog cross - stroke dogs on the side you are on.
Always try to avoid eye contact with dogs that you do not know - as they can interpret constant eye contact as a threat or challenge, dogs could think you are going to hurt them and they might bite you.
Dogs is in pain, do not understand where the pain comes from. If you touch a dog in pain, he may think you are causing the pain and will bite you to stop the pain. If a dog is acting like he is sick or hurt, leave him alone -- even if he belongs to your family. Tell an adult. Together you can get medical help for the dog.
Always be gentle
with dogs. Do not tease dogs,
hit them over the nose, or pull their
tails or ears. You are asking to be
bitten! How else can dogs tell you
they do not like what you are doing?
Take good care of your dog. Remember to exercise your dog and brush him regularly, try to find playmates for him - your dog will love it and so will you. Always have a bowl of fresh water and a clean sleeping place for your dog.