The summer holidays are here!
Which means you may end up spending more time around dogs, whether your own, or others you may come across when you’re out enjoying the sunshine.
Even if you feel very comfortable around dogs it’s important to treat dogs kindly so that they don’t feel angry or threatened. Also remember that sometimes, like humans, dogs wants to be left alone – we all need space sometimes!
So here are some tips to help keep you safe around dogs:
Be polite and kind to pets – that means treating them how you would want to be treated, so no ear-pulling or climbing on them. Also screaming or shouting can be upsetting for dogs, as they won’t understand what’s going on.
Play appropriate games with dogs such as fetch, hide-and-seek and walking or running. But be careful not to take away a dog’s bones or toys away, just like you wouldn’t snatch a toy off a friend.
Have a go at training games with your dog, like roll-over, play dead or shake a paw. Make sure your dog’s in the mood first – if a dog is eating or sleeping it’s best to leave them alone until they come to you.
- You should never go near a dog that you don’t know.
Do you know what a happy dog looks like?
What about an angry dog? It’s a good idea for you to be aware so have a look at the graphic below to find out! Once you’ve had a look why not take our quiz to see how much you understand? Let us know how you did in the comments.