How to Keep Safe
Keeping Safe
Don't Bother Dogs
Any Dog Can Bite


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Don't disturb a sleeping dog.

Keeping Safe:


Here are some very simple things to remember.
If you learn them, and follow these rules,
you will be safer around dogs.


1. Don't bother dogs
who are

Don't bother this dog. He might be protecting his food.

When dogs eat, they are not thinking about anything else. If you get too close to the dog while he's eating, he may think you are trying to take his food.

What to do:
Let your dog eat his food by himself. Stay a good distance away and when he's finished, let him outside to do his business.


 2. Don't bother dogs
who are sleeping.

This dog is sleeping in his crate. Don't bother him!

When dogs are sleeping, and you wake them up by touching them, they can become surprised or scared and try to bite. Don't ever climb over a sleeping dog.


What to do:
To wake up your dog or any other dog, stand far away and call the dog's name. And if you don't know the dog, do not wake him up. Just leave him alone.


3. Don't bother dogs who are protecting their territory.

This collie is barking and protecting his territory.

Dogs feel a need to protect their territory. A dog's territory can be many places: his yard, his home, his car, his crate, his doghouse, his toys

If you don't know the dog, just stay away. Don't ever stick your fingers into a crate, a car window, or through a fence. Don't bother a dog who is chewing on a bone, or playing with a toy by himself.

What to do:

Stay away from dogs who are in fenced yards.

If a dog is in a crate, wait until the owner lets him out so that you can pet him.

Stand back from cars where there is a dog at the window.

If a dog is playing with his toy, wait until he brings it to you.


4. Don't bother dogs who are old or not feeling well.

This dog needs extra care and gentleness.

Dogs who are old may not hear or see very well. They can be surprised easily if they don't see or hear you coming.

Old dogs also have body aches and pains that may make them grouchier than they used to be.

What to do:
Be gentle with your old dog and don't surprise him. Let him come to you when he wants attention, or invite him to play with you only when he is awake.


5. Don't bother dogs by teasing them.

To understand how a dog feels when being teased, imagine being teased by someone at school. Teasing can become frustrating and make you angry. The same thing can happen to a dog that is teased. But he can become angry and bite you.

Dogs can also get upset if their hair, ears, or tails are pulled.
Would YOU like it?

Please, don't tease!

What to do:

Treat your dog with kindness and respect.

Pet him and brush him with a gentle hand.

Talk with a normal voice.

Give your dog enough room so he doesn't feel crowded.


6. Don't bother dogs by getting close to their face.

Stay away from dogs you don't know.

Dogs usually don't like you in their face. It bothers most dogs. It's best never to do that. A dog can bite you very easily when your face is so close. Don't walk right up to a dog suddenly.

What to do:

Let other people's dogs approach you. Get permission to pet the dog. Stand still. Let the dog sniff your closed fist before petting him.

Even your own dog needs space and privacy. Keep your face away from the dog's mouth and face area.


7. Don't bother dogs by hugging or crowding them.

Most dogs don't like to be crowded.


Most dogs are not happy when they are crowded. Try not to touch a dog unless there is no one else touching him. One person at a time is a good rule. Don't climb over dogs or sit on them.

And never touch someone else's dog unless you have permission from your parents and from the owner of the dog.


What to do:

Ask for permission to pet the dog. If someone is already petting the dog, wait until they are finished.

For your own dog, make it a rule that only one person at a time can pet him. Stay out of corners and under tables.


Try to remember that it's never safe to bother a dog.
If you learn these seven rules, you will be safer.



What's a dog's
favorite fruit?

paw paw


Thank you to Hayley, age 8, of Australia for this great riddle!


Wild animals can be dangerous.

Extra Note:
Leave wild animals alone!
They look cute and cuddly, but they may bite if you touch them.



Excellent Safety
for Kids!

dogs, cats, kids

Dogs, Cats, and Kids (grades 4 to 8), and
Dogs, Cats & BIG Kids” (grades 4 to 8)
available in VHS or DVD
“Should be required viewing for all families with young children – whether they own a pet or not.”
Steve Dale, Chicago Tribune

Dogs, Cats & Kids is recommended by Parents Choice, the Humane Society of the United States, leading pediatricians, educators, and pet care professionals. It was tested and proven in a study at Johns Hopkins University and a pilot program with more than 10,000 children (see “Results.”)

In just 27 entertaining minutes, this fun video shows children how animals think and behave, and how they should behave around animals.

“An excellent primer that may help a child
avert injury.”
The Seattle Times



A Dog Called Kitty, by Bill Wallace, New York: Holiday House 1992 reprint of 1980 book.
Ricky wants to help a starving stray dog that has been wandering around his yard, but after having been bitten by a dog when he was younger, he is frightened to befriend the lonely puppy.This great story is good for ages 9-12. Kids love this book!



Go to other safety topics:

2. Any dog can bite. (Click for lots more!)

3. Leave stray dogs alone. (Click for lots more!)


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