Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tip of the Day: Supervise Kids and Dogs- Be Active Be Aware

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The degree of supervision required, depends on many factors. Babies, toddlers, and any children who do not follow instructions require hands on supervision if they are to interact with the dog. Such interaction should always be on the dog's terms without forcing the dog to submit. Any child that goes after a dog, pesters the dog, sits or lies on the dog, smothers the dog with hugs and kisses or is rough with the dog needs close supervision and to be removed from the dog (or the dog removed from them) when this behavior occurs (or preferably before it starts). Children that know to call the dog to them and to interact only with a dog that comes to them for attention, and who know how to interact respectfully with the dog, require less supervision the older they are.

Webinar for Parents of Toddlers

Coming up on Wed May 20, 2015, there is a live webinar with dog behavior consultant Jennifer Shryock. Jen has 4 kids and has gone through the toddler stage with several of her own dogs. She will share her expertise in this live session, with lots of practical, compassionate advice for parents. Things can change quickly with toddlers as they develop, so it is best to be proactive rather than waiting for a problem to develop.

Jen will be donating part of the proceeds from this webinar to Doggone Safe to help further spread the Be a Tree program for school children.

Click here for more info or to register.

More Tips and Information About Effective Supervision

For more information, view http://doggonesafe.blogspot.ca/2014/04/supervision-whats-your-style.html

Here is a video that discusses the 5 types of supervision and gives some great tips for ensuring harmony between dogs and toddlers.

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