Children Learn About Safety Around Dogs at AKC Program

About 100 people, mostly children, turned out to learn how to be safe around dogs at an AKC...

About 100 people, mostly children, turned out to learn how to be safe around dogs at an AKC Community Events Team program on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Team members presented Safety Around Dogs at the Cameron Village Regional Library, a popular library in downtown Raleigh, NC. The program was the second in a series of public education programs that the AKC team has planned for the library.

 

Children learned how to approach strange dogs safely and what to do if dogs start chasing you. They also heard tips for being safe around all dogs, including leaving dogs alone when they are sleeping or eating.

 

The team showed the AKC DVD Safety Around Dogs and then let the children practice greeting staff members’ well-mannered dogs. Labrador Retrievers, Whippets and Flat-Coated Retrievers enjoyed the routine as much as the children.

 

Several children raised their hands indicating that they were afraid of dogs at the beginning of the program, but most felt confident enough to greet the visiting dogs after receiving instruction on the right way to approach a canine.

 

AKC program organizers were CET co-chairs Penny Leigh and Jack Norton and Special Services staff members Christine Phillips and Christine Weisse.