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Abby the black toy poodle being held by her boy.

Abby with her Boy

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Abby, shown here with her boy. Every month Abby’s owner (the boy’s grandmother) brings Abby for her “beauty shop” appointment on the same day she goes to her own beauty shop appointment. Abby is a very sweet and timid toy poodle and is a very “girly” girl. She loves being held and cuddled by everyone, but especially Her Boy. Abby’s momma has done a good job of teaching her to be good around kids – and teaching the kids to be good around her!

Here are some ASPCA tips to teach your kids how to behave around dogs:

  • Children need to understand that not all dogs love them. Teach your kids to always ask pet parents for permission before approaching any animal. Have mock greetings at home so that your children can practice what they’ll do when they want to pet a dog they don’t know.
  • In addition to learning that they should never touch strange animals without permission, kids must understand that they should never reach through fences or car windows to pet dogs who are unattended—even if they know the confined dogs.
  • Teach your children how to handle dogs gently. Show your children what polite petting looks like, and have them practice with a stuffed animal. Discourage unpleasant treatment, like poking, pinching, slapping, hugging and pulling on fur, tails or ears.
  • Teach your children what to do when they encounter unfriendly dogs. (See this ASPCA page about dog bite prevention.)
2 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/27/2013 9:23 pm

    You are right, the most important step is Parents need to teach their children to as the pet guardian.

  2. 09/28/2013 8:48 am

    Great list

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