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Holiday Dog Bite Prevention Tips

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin Holidays Are Stressful for Dogs The holidays are especially stressful for dogs due to changes in routine and the comings and going of visitors. Many dog bites happen at this time of year. When visiting a house with a dog, children should be taught not to approach the dog

Bite-Proofing Your Puppy

By Joan Orr M.Sc. Puppies are furry, friendly and programmed for learning. Now is the time to teach your puppy about the things that people, especially kids might do, that dogs do not naturally accept. Things like toddlers pulling his tail, people taking his toys, kids going near his food bowl or kids taking over

Preventing Aggression Over Possessions and Food in Your Puppy

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin Many bites to children occur around the food bowl. We are frequently told that the dog growls (but he would never bite of course) when the kids go near him while he’s eating. This situation is easily prevented if the puppy is taught that people approaching the food bowl

Babysitter/Nanny Dog Safety Considerations

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin As a dog trainer you are an educational resource for your clients and community. Offering information about safety and dog bite prevention is good for your canine and human clients and your business! Here is a safety topic that is not frequently addressed, but can be important to your

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

Play Date Checklist – CAPPDT 2016

By Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin When our children want to go and play at a friend’s house, a responsible parent asks some basic questions. For example: will a parent be home? does the family have a pool? is the yard fenced? Rarely does it occur to a parent to ask if the family has

Tips for Child and Dog Safety at Holiday Gathering

by Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin Gatherings at a friend or relative’s house are the source of fond holiday memories for many. The family dog may not enjoy these events as much as everyone else. . Changes in routines, crowded rooms, unattended food and excited children can often lead to miscommunication between the family dog

Day Care/Foster Care Checklist

This checklist is intended to help identify potential child safety concerns for parents considering a home-based day care for their child, agencies conducting a safety audit of a home-based day care and for social services agencies conducting a safety audit of a foster home or permanent home for children. The information gained from using this