Our dog safety sessions are one of our most important services. With nearly 2,000 children hospitalised each year in the UK from dog attacks failing to teach young people to interact properly with dogs really could be the difference between life and death. If you have facebook at scroll through your newsfeed you've probably seen an 'adorable' video of a child holding a dogs head giving it kissed while parents coo on and the dog shows clear signs of distress. I have seen parents scold their dogs for growling at their children when their dog is simply letting the owner know that they're scared and upset by the childs behaviour. At that point if the owner reacts positively by removing the child and explaining that their behaviour was unacceptable and reassuring the dog a disaster can be avoided. By scolding the dog they're just less likely to offer that warning next time... next time they might just go straight for a bite. Why? because they told the owner they were scared and upset last time and the owner didnt help them so now they're taking matters into their own hands.
So that is why our dog safety sessions are important. But don't worry just because the reason is serious doesn't mean the sessions are, infact is the complete opposite. Our dog safety sessions are fun, practical sessions filled with games and activities suitable for all ages that will help young people know how to behave around dogs and recognise what their dog is feeling. We also teach adults during the session how to manage dogs and children together.
We run 4 dog safety sessions at Pawsitive Squad a year but are also able to provide sessions at any youth organisation. Dog Safety Sessions at Pawsitive Squad cost £2 per child and for dog safety sessions in organisations we would appreciate a small donation to help cover running costs. To join our next dog safety session or request a dog safety session within your organisation please contact us here.