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Children and Dogs

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In yesterday’s post, I told you about the keynote speech by Dr. Temple Grandin that we got the chance to attend on Saturday at the International Association of Canine Professionals’ annual conference. We’re still transcribing our notes (you should have seen me scribbling away…she had SO much great info for dog and animal lovers.)

But today I wanted to share some of the statements she gave on children and dogs.

When I was a kid, we had three rules:

  1. Don’t pet dogs you don’t know.
  2. Don’t pet dogs when they’re eating.
  3. Don’t wake dogs up suddenly.

When I have parents who come to me to ask if their child should have a service dog, the first thing I ask is if the child likes dogs.

We have a situation where too many young people are removed from animals. I think this is really sad. People have separated from practical things. We have to get people into the natural world.

We’ve got to work on getting kids interested in dogs.

People need to be carefully socialized to little kids. Animals reared alone are more likely to attack people or other animals. They never learn the give and take of social behavior.

Back with more from Dr. Grandin’s speech tomorrow! –Paris