Dogs don’t speak with words but they do communicate with us.  They use body language and it’s important that owners learn to understand this body language in order to understand what a dog is telling us. It’s REALLY important that owners also educate any children they have contact with on the messages that a dog might send. This understanding will ensure that children remain safe around a dog but that the dog feels safe and comfortable around children.

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Too often there are stories in the news of a dog that has attacked or bitten someone, more often than not a child.  Some of these interactions have devastating effects for a family. It is horrifying to see a “cute” picture of a child with it’s arm around a dog’s neck, bearing it’s teeth and being misunderstood to be a “smile”. For those who understand a dog’s body language and the way they communicate with us, this is NOT a smile!  It is a dog’s way to say they are not happy and to stop. 

Resources & Information

For more information and for resources on how to educate children to behave around dogs, download our leaflet HERE . You can also visit the RSPCA website HERE. Help your child to understand how to interact with a dog safely and how to understand how they communicate with us. It could save their life!

If you have any concerns about your pet and their behaviour, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.