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Old 08-12-2013, 08:49 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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A closed thread dealt with a 30 month old child who is afraid of dogs and in laws who will not put their untrained dog up when they visit.

I googled How to teach kids not to be afraid of dogs and this Overcoming Fear of Dogs: 10 Tips for Children
is the first of MANY sites which deal with this problem. I haven't read them all and I'm sure these issues are addressed but these are some basics:

1- teach the child to offer the back of his hand to a new RESTRAINED dog so the dog can smell him first
2- avoid using hand to come down on the dog's head until after it has sniffed the child
3- always ask the owner if it is OK to approach the dog
4- Never run away from a dog. It will think you are playing and will surely chase the kid.
5- teach the child the signs of a nervous or anxious dog- licking kips, ears back, trying to get away
6. Don't look a strange dog directly in the eyes. That can be threatening to the dog.
7- never leave a young child alone with a dog-even if it is your own. Sometimes little kids forget the rules
8- don't mess with a dog's feet. Many cannot stand that and will nip.
9- don't have a young child try to feed a dog directly from his hand. An eager dog might grab too quickly
and the child will be scared
10- Teach a child to leave any animal alone when it is eating
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:49 AM
Location: FL
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Good tips for adults too, especially not to look a dog in its eyes that's a challenge. My dog Judy doesn't like her head touched either, she ducks even if I reach for her head and always has. Dominance is my guess, as she's never been hit.
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