This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
Don't make me use these!
Here is a quick, simple public service announcement on preventing a dog bite. The dog is saying, “I’m uncomfortable!” in every way it can and the child continues to apoproach.
Liam J. Perk Foundation was founded because Liam was killed with one bite from the family dog.
Doggone Safe has lots of information for children, parents and teachers on preventing dog bites to children.
We recently had family visiting that consisted of parents and children. I noticed something interesting happening during the visit.
The parents attempt to control the children with threats and punishment. Even though they would deny it, that’s what I hear and see. Questions like, “Would you like to go to your room?” or taking away privileges until the child can “change his attitude” leave the children with an unclear course of action to avoid parental wrath. It also involves a lot of (often loud) conversation in the “need” for justification to punish or avoid punishment from both sides.
I didn’t realize how often the whole family used the word “no” with each other until they started trying to correct our dogs. It was actually kind of funny. A dog sniffed the air near a piece of food, one of the people said, “NO!” and the dog ignored them. I said, “leave it” and the dog walked away. A dog started to walk into the bedroom and, again, I heard “NO!” The dog looked at them to see what they wanted but didn’t leave the room. I called the dog and she came to me, happily.
It hadn’t occurred to me, until then, that I just don’t use “no” with my dogs. I tell them what I want them to do and reward them for doing it. If it’s something I haven’t asked before, of course, I teach them. I just don’t tell them “no.”