With lots of backyard BBQs and family celebrations it’s important children and unfamiliar pets meet each other the right way.
Pets are part of the family but if you don’t know a dog or cat it’s important not to overwhelm them. They’ll give you signals that they’re not okay.
If a dog is licking or curling its lips or turning away it’s a sign that it’s under stress. Give it space.
Never let your children run up and hug an unfamiliar dog or cat as most dislike being hugged.
Keep your child’s face away from unfamiliar pets, and when you pat a dog always pat on the side, or on the chest, never on the top of the head.
And never let children try take food or bowls away from pets while they’re eating.
For more information on animal introductions here are three helpful guides before taking your dog with you to social occasions.
These tips proudly brought to you by Animal Welfare League Queensland – caring for South East Queensland’s pet community and rehoming surrendered and abandoned animals for 57 years.