Kid’s Club—Animal Safety Tips!

What to do if a dog attacks:

Never run — The dog will chase you

Don’t scream — The dog will become more angry

Don’t look an angry dog in the eyes — Stand still like a tree with arms down by your sides

If a dog tries to bite, give it your jacket, backpack or anything you are carrying so it will bite that instead of you!

What to do if a dog knocks you down:

  • Curl up in a ball
  • Cover your ears
  • Most dogs will stop if you stay still and quiet

When you want to pet a strange dog:

  • Ask a parent or a guardian if it is okay
  • If your parent or guardian says yes, ask the owner of the dog if it is okay
  • If the owner says yes, slowly hold out the back of your hand
  • Let the dog sniff your hand
  • Pet the dog on the shoulder or back—NEVER PET A STRANGE DOG ON THE HEAD!

When to leave a pet alone:

It is important to know that every dog needs time alone—even if it is your family dog.

Never touch a dog:

  • When a dog is eating
  • When a dog is sleeping
  • When a dog is going potty
  • When a dog is taking care of her puppies
  • When a dog has a toy or a bone

How to see if a dog is friendly:

You can look at a dog to know if it likes people. Here is a list of ways to see if a dog Is friendly:

  • Eyes are open and happy
  • Relaxed mouth
  • Excited to see you
  • Ears are forward
  • Wagging tail

How to see if a dog is scared:

When a dog is scared you can tell by his body. Never touch a dog that looks scared, it may bite! Here is a list of ways to see if a dog is scared:

  • Tail curled under
  • Wrinkled nose
  • Closed mouth
  • Will not look you in the eyes
  • Curled lip
  • Hairs on back may stand up

How to see if a dog is angry:

When a dog is angry it is easy to see. Always stay away from an angry dog! Here is a list of ways to see if a dog is angry:

  • Stiff tail
  • Head forward
  • Growling
  • Curled lip
  • Hairs on back may stand up
  • Head forward