The proper way to teach children how to meet and greet your pet
One of my clients called me last month looking for assistance with her kindergarten students. She wanted to teach her classroom the proper way to meet and greet a dog. I was so excited to teach a child the proper way to meet and greet a dog. I can not tell you how many times a dog has snapped at a child because of improper greeting. My goal is to give that a child a positive experience with dogs and to help prevent those issues from happening.
I discuss the proper meet and greet with parents and children to help avoid potentially uncertain situations that could result in unpleasant behavior from dogs. It is important we communicate with dogs in a way that they understand.
It’s very important for children “and adults” to understand that dogs do not greet the same way as humans do. When humans greet it’s all about excitement (handshakes, hugs, laughs, etc.). Dogs greet in a calm manner.
If you notice, one dog will stop and stand still while the other dog smells. When that dog is done smelling they switch roles. Once they figure out who they are then they react. You usually will find that the dogs are okay with each other. My goal is to make sure that children and adults understand this process so they learn how to greet a dog without making them nervous. It is very important that children “and adults” approach dogs in a calm manner and let the dog smell them first.