Teresa's Bad Rules
These are rules that kids in Teresa's dog obedience
classes call the "bad rules" because they don't like some of them.
Following these dos and don'ts will help keep
promote child safety around dogs and prevent dog bites.
Do not hug a dog, put your face close
to his face or lie on him. Do sit beside your dog, rub his chest or
scratch him on the side of the neck.
Do not play chase-me games with a
dog. Do play hide and seek - where the dog has to find you or an object
that you hide.
Do not play tug-of-war
games with a dog. Do play fetch with the dog - teach the dog to trade the
object for a treat so he won't try to tug.
Do not lean over or step
over a dog. Do respect a dog's resting place - go around him or ask an
adult to move the dog.
Do not bother a dog who is
sleeping, eating, has a toy or bone, is hurt or has puppies. Do wait for
the dog to come to you for attention.
Do not dress a dog up in
play clothes. Do dress up your stuffed animals.
Do not hit a dog or poke
him with a stick. Do be gentle with dogs.
Do not pull a dog's ears,
tail or fur. Do scratch the dog's chest or the side of her neck - most
dogs enjoy this.
Do not stick fingers or
hands into the dog's crate. Do ask an adult to let the dog out of the
crate if you want to pet her.
Do not play in the dog's
crate. Do play "in and out of the crate" with the dog - toss a treat in -
dog goes in to get it - dog comes back out - toss another treat in etc (with
If your dog does not welcome you
with wagging and panting - leave him alone. Do wait for the dog to come
to you for attention.
If your dog gets too rough or
be a tree until he gets bored and goes away.
Do not run and shout
around a dog that is not in a crate. Do be calm around dogs; involve the
dog in an activity such as chewing on a bone or playing fetch so he doesn't feel
that he needs to chase you to have fun.
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