I have had a lovely couple of weeks where I’ve been going to primary schools to talk about Caring for Pets and The Role of a Vet. I have had a fabulous time and the kids have been such little stars – I’ve really had fun.
It’s been part of the AVA Pet PEP initiative – a great way to educate kids and the rest of the community about how to care for pets, enjoy the benefits of pet ownership and teach children about safe behaviour around dogs. And here’s why it’s a valuable lesson: there are a very high percentage of children that get bitten by dogs by not following a safe routine for meeting new dogs. Often these bites are from dogs belonging to friends or family. And the fault is definitely, more ours as adults than the children or the dogs. Why do I say that? Because there are very few of us who, when visiting at a friend’s house, will actually go through the correct routine of meeting an animal for the first time, leading to a nasty experience for child, dog and adults alike.
So what is the correct process?
If all goes well, the dog and your child will be far more relaxed and happy to meet each other again another day – yay!
It’s really a short and sweet plan, but works very well. Give it a try and let us know how you go!
If you have any concerns about your pet’s behaviour, or if you think something is ‘just not right’, give us a call 0481 527 678 or click the button to book an appointment.