Dog on the Move

NPDC animal management officers return to high school for doggy dos and don’ts classes

NPDC Animal Management Officer Shaun meets Woodleigh Faculty canine Bobbe with Yr 6 youngsters Andy, 11, Nikau, 10, and Amber, 10. Picture/ Provided

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) animal management officer Shaun tells Yr 6 youngsters at Woodleigh Faculty that their fingers are like sausages.

“In case you stick them in entrance of a canine that does not know you, they could suppose these sausages look fairly good to eat, so you might want to tuck your fingers into the palm of your hand and let the canine get to know you by sniffing the highest of your hand,” he explains.

Shaun’s seen what occurs when canine and children do not get on and he believes that working with each is the easiest way to cut back the variety of reported canine assaults within the district.

He is main the Doggy Dos and Don’ts classes in colleges, giving youngsters some easy-to-remember rhyming ideas, akin to “To know, they sniff your hand.”

“We welcome canine in our district, however we even have a canine assault on individuals or different animals reported at the least as soon as each two days on common. Youngsters are particularly in danger so we have to educate them the best way to keep secure and we’re aiming to get our Doggy Dos and Don’ts classes into each college within the district,” mentioned NPDC compliance lead Cheryl Gazely.

“We have now to strike a stability between serving to individuals really feel secure and cheap canine controls, so we’re at all times seeking to canine house owners to do their bit too by protecting their pets beneath management always.

Woodleigh Faculty retains its personal canine, miniature schnauzer Bobbe, who helps youngsters discover ways to work together with canine and deputy principal Diana Kerslake says dad and mom and employees are proper behind canine security classes.

“It is vital to have somebody like Shaun in right here and educating kids how to concentrate on being secure round canine.”

Canine do’s and don’ts reality field:
1: Verify it is candy – earlier than you meet: Earlier than going as much as a canine ask permission from its proprietor.
2: To know – they sniff your hand: When assembly a canine let it sniff the again of your hand.
3: Chin or chest – that is the very best: After you get permission, stroke solely the canine’s chin, chest or shoulders and bear in mind to be light.
4: To fulfill a pup – ask a grown-up: Mom canine may be protecting and puppies can chew, bounce and scratch like older canine.
5: If a canine has a snack – maintain properly again: Steer clear of a canine that’s consuming or has a bone as it’d wish to shield its meals.
6: Maintain your face – out of their area: By no means kiss or put your face down near a canine’s face.
7: Do not run and shout – it freaks us out: In case you shout or run a canine would possibly chase or assault you.
8: A canine’s not a toy – do not tease and annoy: Canines can inform us to cease solely by growling or biting.
9: Quiet and gradual – is the best way to go: If you’re frightened of a canine, transfer quietly and slowly away from it – do not run and do not stare at it.

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