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Top Ten Tips for Keeping Kids & Dogs Safe

6. Teach kids to leave your dog alone if he is eating, resting, or chewing on a high-value item like a rawhide bone or toy.

7. To prevent resource guarding, only an adult should remove objects from your dog’s mouth.

8. Reward your dog with treats and praise for positive, calm encounters with children at home and in public.

9. Reward your dog for sitting to receive petting and attention rather than jumping up on kids or houseguests.

10. Use crates, baby gates, or exercise pens to ensure both dogs and kids have enough personal space.

1. Proactive adult supervision is crucial to prevent problematic interactions between kids and dogs.

2. Learn to recognize your dog’s stress signals so that you can intervene when he needs help.

3. Play with your dog using toys rather than roughhousing or using hands as toys, and instruct kids to do the same.

4. Kids can play low-arousal, object-focused games like fetch and hide-and-seek rather than chase and tug.

5. Encourage kids to walk and speak calmly around dogs.  Running and screaming can make dogs overexcited or fearful.


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