Educate Your Kids on the Right Way to Approach a Dog

by Parent Co. August 31, 2016

Bringing your dog or puppy to a public setting is a great way to help him socialize, build confidence, and gain better manners and control. The dog or puppy is introduced to all the fun things life has to offer. During a recent training lesson, I took five month-old Cora, a Labrador retriever puppy, to an outdoor shopping area for a meet and greet. Skateboards, food stands, and running kids all competed for her attention, but when a group of four young squealing girls ran straight up to her and put their hands on her all at once, Cora cowered.

I asked the girls to back up so we could start over. I gave each girl a treat to offer the puppy. One at a time, they crouched down sideways so Cora could approach from the side at her own pace. Each girl took a turn at this, offering a treat and keeping her hands down so Cora could decide how much or how little direct contact she wanted. At first, Cora came up cautiously, but after gobbling a couple of treats, she was fully recovered from the surprise and licking each girl’s face in turn...

Source: Teach Your Kids The Right Way To Approach A Dog - Sniff & Barkens


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