Had to share this fantastic video from Stop the 77.
It’s the story of a child, a dog-lover, who finally gets their dream come true and is given a dog.
In every photo the child was doing something to make the dog feel uncomfortable, threatened or scared. I counted thirteen dogs showing clear signs of discomfort.
Great video, great message 🙂
When you have children and a dog, it is so important to pay attention to the dog’s body language and teach your child to respect the dog.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- Not approaching or bothering a dog whilst s/he is eating
- Not bothering the dog whilst s/he has a toy or high value item
- Not pulling tails, ears, squeezing paws etc
- Not climbing all over the dog
- Not bothering the dog while s/he is asleep
- To recognise signs of stress (eg lip licks, looking away, yawning etc)
- To never treat a stranger’s dog as if it were their own
I posted (many years ago) about how I was fed up of ‘untrained’ children acting dangerously and rushing my dogs.
That post was sparked by a young (3 – 4 years old) boy racing repeatedly past 6 month old Zoey. He ran past screaming and flailing his arms, and when Zoey got excited he thought it was brilliant!
He continued to run past us shrieking, getting closer every time until eventually he was within a foot of Zoey. His parent did *nothing* to stop him, and you can bet if Zoey had nipped from excitement it would have been her fault. Eventually I had to (politely but firmly) tell the boy that it was a dangerous thing to do, and to please stop it.
And this is why I NEVER let kids approach either of my dogs, I don’t care how good they are with children…