Central Bark Doggy Day Care “Bite Prevention”
Signs of a happy or friendly dog
- Happy, low wagging tail
- Mouth and lips relaxed or may appear to be smiling
- Eyes are soft and friendly
- Ears are relaxed
- Hair will lie smooth
- Body very loose with a possible play bow or nose nudge to be petted
Signs of an unhappy or unfriendly dog
- Tail is up and stiff or tucked tightly between the dog’s legs
- Mouth and lips are pulled back showing teeth (dog may be barking or growling)
- Eyes are hard and may appear black as the pupil is dilated (explain in kid-language)
- Ears are folded tightly back in a defensive position
- Hair on the back and shoulders might stand up and stick out
- Body very rigid and upright leaning forward and high
How to safely approach a dog?
When is it all right to approach a dog? When do you think you should NOT pet a dog?”
Here are some basic rules:
NEVER approach a dog…
- without your mommy or daddy or an adult.
- that is pinned, chained or tied to anything
- that is alone and unattended.
- is behind a fence or in a cage.
- that is off leash.
- that is eating.
- that is sleeping.
- with puppies.
- without asking its owner if it is ok first.