Dogs give the child confidence, sense of responsibility and unconditional love. However, it is important to know some rules in dog language to avoid various unpleasantness. Here you will find some important tips that children should know about dogs.
Facs about Dogs for kids
- A tail flick does not necessarily mean that the dog is friendly. When the dog wags his tail, it doesn’t always mean he is friendly and happy. A tail flick is a means of communication in dogs, and can indicate friendliness, but in different dogs, especially if the tail movement is fast and vertical, this condition can indicate aggression.
- Always ask the owner’s permission if you see a dog on the street and want to pet it. Only if the owners say it’s okay, then you can approach and pet.
- Know how to approach the dog. Before petting a dog, make sure it sees you. don’t get too close, let him come and smell you if he wants to.
- Not all dogs like to have their heads petted. Some dogs will interpret this as a dominant and threatening action.
- If a dog approaches you, avoid looking him straight in the eye and allow him to sniff your hand. Don’t make any sudden, quick movements. By avoiding looking him straight in the eye, you convey to him that you are not a threat.
- Know what to do if an aggressive dog approaches. Do not make eye contact, remain calm and collected, and put your arms at your sides. Never run away.
- Know what to do if a dog attacks. If a situation arises where you are attacked by a dog, give it something to chew on (such as your coat, purse, or bicycle). Back away slowly until there is a buffer between you. (Wood or bench, etc.).
- Keep away from aggressive dogs. Do not enter private yards or walk past a leashed dog until you are sure it is friendly.
- Do not disturb a dog when eating or sleeping. He may protect his food by acting aggressively. An older dog that is approached may wake up in a panic and behave aggressively.
- Dogs love to feel loved. If you love them, they will love you back.
- Dogs need good, dedicated care just like you do. They need quality food, lots of fresh water, lots of hiking and exercise every day.
- Dogs love routine. They like to go for walks and exercise at specific times every day.
- Dogs keep secrets.
- Dogs do not always know what is best for them. They may want to eat or chew on various objects that can be dangerous, and they need to be protected from those objects. For example, dogs do not know if something is poisonous to them.
- Dogs can get sick just like humans. Common symptoms in a dog who is not feeling well may include loss of appetite, lack of energy and desire to play, and excessive fatigue. Other signs may include vomiting and diarrhea. If you think your dog is sick, refer him to an adult so they can assess his condition and take him to the vet if necessary.
- Most dogs are friendly and love you no matter what. But it’s important to be smart and careful in an environment with dogs you don’t know and who don’t know you.