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Kind Hands

All age groups have been learning about how to interact with a dog when we meet one. This could be a dog we already know or a dog we are meeting for the first time.

Now that we understand dogs have feelings and emotions too, we need to recognise that a dog might not like it if we rush over and touch their faces. Dogs are very sensitive around their face and head area, this is where their whiskers are and dogs use their whiskers to help them with their awareness of their surroundings. This can make a dog feel uncomfortable if our hands get too close to their face.

So in schools this week we have been learning to keep our hands away, just like the little boy in the picture below. This will help a dog feel more relaxed and comfortbale around you and can stroke them when they come to you.

Little boy with his hands by his side waiting for the dog to approach him