This poster is currently circulating Facebook. I have passed it on myself because it is true. People really need to start using their brains when it comes to children interacting with dogs. The above images might look cute, but they are dangerous because every one of these dog owners decided to invade their dog’s personal space and/or allowed their pets to be mishandled by their children, for a photo op!
Right now some of you may be scoffing at my words, but if you are the parent of a child that lives with a dog and you have allowed any of this type of behavior to take place between your child and your dog and thought it was okay, you have no business being a dog owner.
In the above video we can clearly see a child attempting to ride this big dog. It is clear from the start that this dog simply does not want this kid on his back, but parents clearly think this is funny and are encouraging the behavior instead of correcting it. This is how parents unwittingly set their kids up to get bitten.
Just because Fido puts up with Junior tugging on his lips most of the time doesn’t mean he won’t react at some point. Dogs have their limits like everyone else. Imagine if your child spent half the day tugging on your lips, would you not eventually get fed up and do something to stop them? Of course you would, and so would Fido. Fido can’t SAY “stop that” his only way of telling you something is bothering him or he is being hurt is to retaliate with his teeth.
Don’t put your child in the position to get bitten, teach them how to properly interact with the family pet, never leave any child unsupervised with ANY dog, and learn what your dog’s body language REALLY means.
Be a responsible pet owner and teach your children to respect the life of an animal. Only YOU can stop your child from being bitten by ANY dog.
Until Next Time Remember,
WE ARE THEIR ONLY VOICE!