If our experience has taught us anything, it’s that the only thing more curious than a dog is a child. While this can lead to friendly, cheerful interactions that put a giant grin on both of their faces, it can also lead to danger if the dog is not well-trained or feels threatened by the child’s over-zealous approach.
Teaching your child proper dog-greeting etiquette may not only help prevent a serious injury; it could also help them make a new friend.
Here’s what you do.
These tips will help to ensure encounters with dogs begin safely and end with a smile. When your child is finished petting the dog, instruct them to thank the owner (and the dog) for the fun time. A little graciousness goes a long way, and the next time your child runs into the dog it could be as old friends.