I offer free dog body language presentations to lower elementary school classrooms in my town of Petaluma.
For a quiet activity with the dog have your child read their favorite book!
Help your child to learn the body language of a dog that tells your child it is safe to interact and the dog is happy too!
Often dog bites occur because no one noticed and acted on the early warning signs given by the dog. My clients usually say, “He didn’t give us any warning…he just bit.”
What is more likely is that the signals that the dog was giving were not recognized. To help with this, I’ve put a list of body language cues and behavior to be aware of that can indicate the dog may be preparing to bite.
Dogs like predictability and reliable actions and behaviors. It makes them feel safe and secure in their world. Children, however, are generally more unpredictable and often do not think before they act, responding as they feel in the moment.