Teach Your Child How to Interact With Pets
Children will likely encounter pets whether or not they have them in
their own home. Teach your children how to approach animals and set rules for
your children to follow when they are around a pet:
- Do not chase pets.
- Do not tease
- Do not bother pets while they eat, sleep, or are with their
- Always keep your face away from a pet's mouth, beak, or
- Wash your hands after touching pets or pet items.
- Do not approach
unknown dogs. Ask permission from the owner, if present, before petting the
dog. Let the dog smell your hand before you pet it.
Also, teach children how to react if they are confronted with
an aggressive pet. The following apply specifically to dogs, but some concepts
can apply to other household pets:
- Never scream and run. Stand still, with your
hands at your sides. Avoid looking directly into the animal's
- Keep avoiding eye contact, and slowly back away after the dog
- If a dog attacks, put an object between you and the
animal—a coat, bike, ball, or anything that you happen to have with you.
- If the dog makes you fall, curl into a ball with your hands over
your ears and stay still. Don't scream or roll around.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||November 30, 2010|