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How can you encourage your children to respect dogs?

If you are considering getting a dog as a pet or if you have family members who own a dog in New York, it is imperative that you discuss with your children the importance of respecting dogs. With an understanding of the types of behavior that are and are not okay, your children cannot only feel safer around dogs, but their chances of being hurt because they accidentally provoked a dog are limited significantly. 

While you can surely do your best to monitor the behavior of your children around animals and encourage safe and responsible practices, there is always the chance that they encounter an animal that is stray or has been poorly trained and in turn, is acting suspicious or irritated. For this reason, enforcing rules for how your children should respond if they are being chased or attacked, is also an important topic to consider. 

According to, one of the most important things you can do is to talk excitedly about the benefits of having or spending time with a dog. Your enthusiasm can help your children to feel more comfortable and even excited about seeing a dog. In conjunction, remind them that dogs do not like to share and a human's attempts at taking a toy from a dog can cause the animal to become territorial and aggressive. Talk with your children about the importance of being respectful of a dog's space and to especially leave a dog alone if he or she is eating or grooming. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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