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:
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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