Most dogs do not bite but some do, and a lot of those bites can be avoided. After handling many thousands of dogs in the last 25 years, I have only been bitten once. I want to help everyone avoid bites – especially kids. These free-to-all, please-download-and-share, make-all-the-copies-you-want pages are to coach kids (and parents) about dog body language. What generally means “friendly” and what means “leave alone/stay away”.
Most dogs give us plenty of warning that they are unhappy/frightened/stressed but too many of us just don’t know what those warnings look like until we’re in real trouble.
My goal is to change that.
The coloring page includes words that can be circled and then matched with the right dog picture. The tip sheet is to aid you in helping the child understand what the dog is “saying” and to make connections to things the child already knows about interacting with people.
Doing this activity together will only take a few minutes, will be fun and will help you and your child understand dogs better and be safer around them. Just click the links and the PDFs will open into a downloadable form.
Please share your thoughts, questions and comments below. I love hearing from you!
For Children: Canine Body Language Coloring Page
For Adults: Canine Body Language Coloring Page Tip Sheet
Interested in making your dog safer around kids? I wrote Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life for just that purpose.