SAFETY FOR KIDS AND PETS
keeping everyone safe and happy
Any dog can bite in the right circumstances, but this does not make them bad dogs.
They are just dogs and owners often unknowingly put them in situations that are unfair. The sweetest, least aggressive dog in the world may feel forced to bite in order to defend itself when being chased by a fast moving toddler.
Young children have no concept of potential danger and will grab ears and tails or pull and hit. Children are masters at cornering pets. They are just doing what kids do and dogs will just do what dogs do.
Never leave young children alone with dogs.
If you can’t be right there with them, then separate them. Most people have no qualms about using baby gates to keep their children safe from stairs and other hazards. Use these same gates to provide both kids and dogs with safety and quiet time.
Your dog might never bite, but why chance it? It isn’t worth your child being bitten and it may change forever how you feel about your beloved pet.
Always give your pets an escape route and a sanctuary.
They need to always be able to have a safe space away from children or other pets. Never allow your child to play in or around your dog’s space, kennel or bed. Dogs will defend what they consider their territory.
This goes for their food, too.
Feed your dogs someplace quiet and away from household traffic. It is best to teach dogs early to go to their own space or bed while the family is eating.
This prevents food snatching and accidental biting when children are involved. Likewise, teach children to let sleeping dogs lie, and stay away from their food, beds, crates and toys.