Keep toddlers safe around dogs

Children love to say hello to four legged friends, here’s some tips on how to be safe.

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Most small children love dogs and like to pat them. But to protect your child, teach him these tips from the experts at the Kennel Club’s Safe and Sound Scheme:

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How to say hello to a dog:

Ask the owner if it’s OK

Go up to the dog calmly, with your hands by your side.

Make a loose fist with one hand and let the dog sniff it.

If the dog jumps up and frightens you:

Make like a tree: stand still and don’t scream; drop what you’re holding; fold your hands across your chest.

Don’t stare; just act bored.

Walk slowly backwards when the dog moves away.

If the dog knocks you over:

Stay on the ground and cover your face.

Tuck yourself into a ball and stay still.

Don’t move until the dog has gone away.

Visit safetyarounddogs.org.uk for more information.

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