Tag Archives: kids and dogs

Consent: It’s Not Just for People!

Posted on: February 7, 2017 - 1 Comment

Consent is a right of every living being. We expect to be asked prior to being touched. But we give consent to strangers to touch our dogs without asking the dog.

Setting Kids & Dogs Up for Success

Posted on: May 15, 2016 - No Comments

A wonderful relationship between kids and dogs can be facilitated by knowing what your dog is saying when interacting with kids, while teaching kids how to respectfully and safely interact with your dog.

For Immediate Release

Posted on: May 14, 2015 - No Comments

Official Press Release: State Farm® and Victoria Stilwell Educate Children about Being K9 Safe and Smart

When Trick or Treat is a Tricky Thing

Posted on: October 28, 2014 - No Comments

Orlando-based VSPDT Lorena Patti discusses how to keep your little trick-or-treaters safe from stressed out dogs on Halloween.

Forcing Hugs on Dogs Can Amount to Punishment

Posted on: September 29, 2014 - 5 Comments

When we hug our dogs we are sending out our affection and sharing our love. What we are giving out isn’t necessarily what the dog is receiving. To a dog, a hug is very bad canine etiquette, pushy behavior associated with establishing social status, an invasion of space, threatening.

You Can’t Fool the Dog: Kids Are Litter Mates

Posted on: September 2, 2014 - No Comments

Some trainers (or television personalities) will tell you that you can teach your dog that your 6 year old is a “Pack Leader”. For the love of kibbles and bits! It’s good to help your child learn to give cues to the dog. Teaching a simple hand signal for sit is a great way for Read More

Top 10 Tips for Dogs and Babies

Posted on: August 25, 2011 - 1 Comment

Was your first baby a fur-baby? Many dogs accept a new baby without any problems. However, some don’t and some will need a lot of help adjusting to the presence of an infant. Here’re some Tiny Tot ABC’s to help you prevent common problems. 1. Prepare your beloved dog months in advance. Assess, ultra-socialize, train Read More

Why Most Families Should Not Breed Dogs

Posted on: June 15, 2011 - 29 Comments

Breeding dogs for kids to witness the miracle of birth can backfire in many ways. In addition to contributing to pet overpopulation see what other unwanted messages it may unwittingly teach.

The Safety Guide to Children and Dogs

Posted on: May 5, 2011 - 13 Comments

Dogs make wonderful companions and need to be treated with care and respect.  Most dogs are very friendly and will not bite.  However there are some dogs that will bite for reasons such as fear, anger, frustration or protection.  It is vital that you recognize not just the signs that a dog is uncomfortable and Read More

Dog Bite Prevention – Part II

Posted on: May 4, 2011 - 8 Comments

Read Part I of this blog here. Parents and guardians need to be responsible for their dog at all times, without exception, and especially around children.  A child should NEVER be left unsupervised with any dog at any time and dog and child should only be together when a responsible adult can actively supervise.  This Read More

Dog Bite Prevention – Part I

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This week, I'm joining forces with State Farm, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the US Postal Service and other organizations to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Now more than ever, awareness needs to be raised about how to prevent dog bites from occurring.  If you're like me and are concerned about this issue, then the latest statistics will Read More

Child/Dog Safety Guide

Posted on: May 3, 2011 - 5 Comments

Dogs make wonderful companions and need to be treated with care and respect. Most dogs are very friendly and won’t bite. However, some dogs bite because they’re fearful, angry, frustrated or are protecting something that is valuable to them. It’s vital that you recognize not just the signs that a dog is uncomfortable, but also Read More