caution around strange pets
Children are bitten
by dogs every year because they fail to recognize that not
all pets are as nice and friendly as their own dog, or Grandma's
cat. When your child approaches strange dogs or other animals
without abandon, it is a recipe for disaster, and the victim
will inevitably be your child.
When your child
sees a dog he wants to run up and pet, don't let him go. First
ask the child questions about the dog that would distract
him. For example, what color is the dog? What kind of dog
Then teach him
he must never go up to a dog without asking the owner for
permission first. Would he like it if someone he didn't know
went up and touched his favorite toy truck without permission?
Asking for permission to come near a pet is the same thing.
You should also
teach him that just because a dog seems friendly or looks
friendly, that it might not be friendly at all. Dogs can wag
their tail one second, and attack the next.
And never approach
a dog if the owner isn't around. Don't assume that just because
the dog is tied up near the entrance to the video store that
he must be friendly.