If you ask someone if you can pet their dog and they say YES, but the dog looks scared or mean, don’t pet that dog You could say “No, that’s OK, I don’t think he wants to be petted right now”
If you ask an adult if you can pet their dog, and they say YES, then pet the dog in the following way:
1.) Walk to the side of the dog and face the same direction as the dog
2.) Stand, or squat down if the dog is small. Don’t bend from the waist 3.) Let the dog sniff you first before petting. Extend your hand out slowly with the fingers curled up Bending from the waist can be intimidating to dogs
4.) If the dog doesn’t back away, then pet the dog over the shoulders. No where else.
Do you know what to do if a strange dog runs up to you?
It is important not to run or flap your arms or legs It is a dog’s natural instinct to chase someone that is running. If you are still and quiet, usually the dog will leave If you need to leave, slowly back away, don’t look at the dog
Thanks for being such a great audience! Hopefully you’ve learned a lot about how to be safe around dogs! Continue for quiz
Your dog is lying on the couch, and you want to sit and watch TV. Should you: A.) Gently move him over B.) Try to call him off of the couch
What is the more common reason that kids go to the emergency room: A.) Kids that are hit by cars B.) Kids that are bitten by dogs
Your dog just grabbed your pizza off of your plate! Should you: A.) Let him have it B.) Take it from his mouth
Your dog just got into a fight with the neighbor dog! Should you: A.) Grab his collar and pull him away from the other dog B.) Get an adult and try to distract them with a loud noise
Where do most bites occur? A.) To the face B.) To the hands
Your neighbor just got a new dog! You go to visit him. Below is his picture. Should you pet him? A.) Yes B.) No
How many people are bitten by dogs in the US every year? A.) 4.7 Million B.) 1.3 Million
You go to the grocery store with your dad. A cute dog is tied out front and he looks lonely. Should you approach or pet him? A.) Yes B.) No
Your mom told you to take your dog for a walk. You go to get him and he’s sleeping. Should you: A.) Pick him up and bring him downstairs B.) Clap your hands and call him to you
You are riding your bike home, and you see a strange dog that looks lost. He seems friendly and he starts to walk towards you. Should you: A.) Go home and tell your parents B.) Call him to you so you can read his tags and try to find his home C.) Call Animal Control on your cell phone
GREAT JOB!! Remember to always be SAFE around dogs!!