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Christchurch, February 14, 2011 – Children want to show love to dogs by giving hugs and kisses, but many dogs don’t like this. Most dog bites are to children, by the family dog or another dog known to the child. Hugs and kisses are a major cause of facial bites to children. Doggone Safe and The School of the Naked Dog offer suggestions for safe ways to love your dog that the dog will appreciate.
Children (and adults too) often want to show love to dogs the way we show love to each other, through hugs and kisses. Dogs do not naturally understand this, or even enjoy it. Hugs and face-to-face contact can be very threatening to dogs. The dog may tolerate this for a while, but at some point may bite or snap to protect himself once he has exhausted all his means of more subtle warning. Some dogs do enjoy a hug from a special person, if it is on their terms and done with some extra scratching on the chest. Few, if any dogs enjoy hugs the way young children do this, which is to clasp around the neck and hang on. Parents should teach their children to avoid face-to-face contact with any dog (even their own dog) and to show love to the dog in ways other than hugging and kissing.
Doggone Safe and The School of the Naked Dog offer the following suggestions for Valentine’s Day about how to love your dog in a way that the dog will appreciate.
Touch Your Dog
Play With Your Dog
Understand Your Dog
About The School of the Naked Dog
The School of the Naked Dog is a Canterbury based dog training school which specializes in pet dog training and behaviour modification. They offer private training, group sessions for adults and children, homestays for dogs, Dog Bite Prevention presentations, and a rehoming service.
About Doggone Safe
Doggone Safe is a non-profit corporation registered in Canada, Ontario and New York State with offices in Canada and the US. Doggone Safe’s mandate includes dog bite prevention education and dog bite victim support. Educational seminar programs offered by Doggone Safe are Be a Tree™ (for school-aged children) and Be Doggone Smart at Work™ (for workers who come into contact with dogs on the job).
Natalie Perzylo and Blair Anderson
School of the Naked Dog
03 389 4065