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TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN WITH PETS

SAFETY-TIPSChildren and pets can be the best of friends. Of course there are certain safety precautions that need to be taken, particularly with pets and younger children. The following are tips for keeping children safe around pets.

  1. Do not allow your child to disturb the pet when he is eating.
  2. Teach your child to never take a toy or treat from your pet’s mouth. Unless the pet is willing to drop the toy, your child should leave the pet alone or have an adult retrieve the item.
  3. Do not sneak up on the pet. Pets caught by surprise may become jumpy and defensive, acting upon instinct. Teach your child to approach the pet with hands visible and a soothing, non-threatening voice.
  4. Teach your child to read the pet’s body language. Growling, baring teeth, and raised fur are all signs of a threatened or aggressive pet.
  5. Always supervise children under five years old when interacting with animals.
  6. Teach your child not to stare into a pet’s eyes. This may be seen as a challenge by the pet.
  7. Make sure your pet is properly socialized to be comfortable around other animals and a variety of people. This is best if done at a young age.
  8. Your pet should be well trained and respond to simple commands. Be sure to reward your pet during training with a healthy snack such as Wellness Wellbites®.
  9. Your child should not make startling or sudden movements around the pet.
  10. Practice gentle petting with your child. Make sure they understand that the pet should not be pinched, pulled or hurt in any way.

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