Owning a pet at an early age can be a wonderful experience for any child. Not only do kids become more active with pets, but they also learn a wide variety of valuable lessons like responsibility and compassion. The first thing kids must learn about pets, however, is how to be safe around them.
Whether it is a dog you know, one you've never met, or even your own pet, there are certain ways your child should approach a dog.
It is important to know as much about the individual breed traits as possible before getting a dog as there are predictable qualities and needs of each breed. For example - some breeds are better with children. See the list - go to: Top Dog Breeds for Families
Here are some steps kids should take before petting any dog.
Here is a good article everyone should read - How to Protect Yourself from Dog Bites. Go to: How to Protect Yourself From Dog Bites
About the AKC
To learn more about responsible dog ownership and for more information on all 175 AKC-registered dog breeds and how to care for them, visit www.MeetTheBreeds.com.