Whether it's your own or somebody else's,
never tease a dog. (E.g: barking, making faces,
shouting and calling names, throwing things
Always ask the
owners permission before you approach or pet a
a dog that is sleeping, nursing pups or
Never leave a
child alone with a dog, because a child's
actions may inadvertently trigger an unwanted
when handling a dog who is in pain or injured,
it may bite you. Always, take
who have been around dogs all their life's
should Never assume that a strange dog is going
to be friendly towards them. Remember you may
think you know dogs but that strange dog
doesn't know you. It may see you as an intruder
or a threat.
Always, try to
be relaxed and calm around dogs, erratic
movements could startle a dog or they may think
you are teasing them.
outdoor athletes should keep a safe distance
between them and dog walkers. (E.g.:
joggers, Cyclists etc). Again, these actions
trigger the dog's natural chase
your dog on someone else's property without
finding out first, if it is OK to do
If the owner
is not there, Never enter a yard or house where
a dog is present.
Never run or
walk up behind a dog, (even one you know) and
try to pet it. Always, let a dog know you are
there, let it see and sniff you.
Dogs love to
play rough with each other, so do not scream,
shout or wave your arms around when playing
around dogs, because these actions can excite
and trigger its chase response.
Never run past
or turn your back on a dog and run away,
because a dog's natural instinct is to chase
and catch its prey.
into a strange dog’s eyes, because that's
how dogs challenge each other to
a dog that is restrained or confined (e.g.:
tied up outside a shop etc). The dog may feel
threatened or frightened and may bite
Never pet a
dog who is playing with a toy. Dogs are often
protective of toys, and may think a child is
trying to take it.