Dog Speak
Communicating with dog’s safely
Dogs use body language to
      communicate
These dogs are feeling - angry
These dogs are feeling - scared
These dogs are feeling - happy
Tips to stay safe!


•   Always check with an adult before
    meeting any new dogs or people!
•   It can be dangerous to ...
Three simple steps
to greet a dog safely
Step One

ASK . . .
the owner before
you pat a dog
                     • Stop about 2m away from the dog
                ...
Step Two

MEET . . .
                                      • Gently extend a closed fist toward the dog
a dog by letting i...
Step Three
PAT . . .                          • Once OK with the dog and owner, you can
                                  ...
Meet dogs safely

ASK . . .          MEET . . .                      PAT . . .
the owner before   a dog by letting it snif...
For more ‘dog speak’ and tips

•   www.wagntrain.com/BodyLanguage.htm
•   www.pawsacrossamerica.com/interpret.html
•   www...
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Dog Speak: Communicating With Dogs Safely (Ages 9 and Over)

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Learn about how to meet a new dog safely in this RSPCA approved presentation! Learn about dogs body language, the three steps to greet a dog safely, tips to stay safe and further reading links.

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Dog Speak: Communicating With Dogs Safely (Ages 9 and Over)

  1. 1. Dog Speak Communicating with dog’s safely
  2. 2. Dogs use body language to communicate
  3. 3. These dogs are feeling - angry
  4. 4. These dogs are feeling - scared
  5. 5. These dogs are feeling - happy
  6. 6. Tips to stay safe! • Always check with an adult before meeting any new dogs or people! • It can be dangerous to approach a stray dog (one that has no owner). • If you are worried about a stray dog contact the RSPCA or your local council.
  7. 7. Three simple steps to greet a dog safely
  8. 8. Step One ASK . . . the owner before you pat a dog • Stop about 2m away from the dog • Ask the owner “May I please pat your dog?” OR “Is your dog comfortable meeting new people?” • Listen to the answer… • If NO there is a good reason. Let it be! • If Yes…
  9. 9. Step Two MEET . . . • Gently extend a closed fist toward the dog a dog by letting it sniff the back • Avoid staring and let them see you are of your hand relaxed • Does he come forward with loose, waggy movements? That’s definitely a yes. • Does he lean forward for a quick sniff and seem comfortable? Also a yes. • Does he turn his face away from your child’s hand? Back away? Bark? Move behind the owner? Look anxious and unsettled? Growl? These are all nos. • Even if the owner says OK, you need to check how the dog feels!
  10. 10. Step Three PAT . . . • Once OK with the dog and owner, you can gently pat the dog a dog gently on the side of the • Avoid patting them on the head neck or on their chest • Most dogs don't like to be patted on top of their heads, but nearly all people pet dogs this way—it’s a hardwired human behavior. • There is a blind spot on top of a dog’s head. If he sees your hand moving toward that area, the natural inclination is for him to tilt his head up and watch where the hand is going. Now your hand is reaching right over the dog’s teeth—not a very good place for that hand to be. • So…the best place to pat a dog is on the side of the neck, on their chest, or under the chin - until you know them better…
  11. 11. Meet dogs safely ASK . . . MEET . . . PAT . . . the owner before a dog by letting it sniff a dog gently on the you pat a dog the back of your hand chest
  12. 12. For more ‘dog speak’ and tips • www.wagntrain.com/BodyLanguage.htm • www.pawsacrossamerica.com/interpret.html • www.rspcaqld.org.au • www.justusdogs.com.au/flex/dog_body_language/ • http://healthierdogs.com/dog_training/your-dogs-body-language/ • www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com/

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