If you are a parent of a child who loves dogs, we strongly recommend you and your child watch this quick video!
We all know the potential dangers of approaching a strange dog and want to keep kids as safe as possible. This video is a great visualization of how to teach children to ASK the DOG if it wants to be pet. Remember not all dogs are friendly or gentle enough to meet children. If you as the adult feel tense about the situation, or notice the dog is nervous or too overly excited, it is best to not pet the strange dog.
Remember to think from the dog’s perspective as well. Not all dogs have been exposed to children and dogs can be very afraid of what they perceive as small humans who make funny noises and strange motions!