When approaching dogs, Jeff Murphrey from Canine Country Club presents some suggestions on what to do, but just as importantly, what not to do, especially for children.
Murphrey says children should not approach dogs without being in the presence of adults and first getting permission from parents. They should also not approach dogs with an outstretched hand.
Unknowingly teasing dogs by repeatedly presenting and withdrawing a hand is also not a good idea. Also, children should not put their face near an unfamiliar dog's face or hug the dog.
How should children approach unfamiliar dogs?
Murphrey says children should allow dogs to approach them or approach the dogs after their owners have put him in a "down" position. Standing sideways of dogs is fine, but do not reach out to the dogs.
Children should be taught to read the body language of dogs and only pet dogs from the side on their backs, sides and chests.