New Training Class Aims to Teach Kids Safe Dog Interactions


A brand new training class will be making its debut this summer and will focus on safety, training and will teach appropriate games kids and dogs can play together.

This new class offering, “The Kids, the Dog and Me,” will give children a better understanding of how to read canine body language and will stress the importance of safety when interacting with dogs. Kids will learn how to teach their own family dog obedience skills, tricks, and fun games.

Few things compare to the special bond between a dog and a child. After all, dogs teach children about unconditional love and what it means to care for another living creature. Dogs can also provide children with comfort, affection and years of friendship. That being said, children are also most at risk for being injured by a dog. According to the Center for Disease Control, children ages 5 to 9 years old are most at risk and a startling 77% of dog-related injuries occur on the face. Even more surprising still is the vast majority of injuries are committed by the resident dog or a dog that the child is familiar with.

The good news is there are literally dozens of indications that a dog is becoming uncomfortable, fearful or defensive. Unfortunately, these signals are often subtle and can easily go undetected, resulting in parents and dog owners thinking their beloved dog “just bit a child out of the blue” with no warnings given. That is rarely the case. It is likely that young children will not be able to read canine body language accurately, so adult supervision is essential no matter how tolerant or well-behaved a dog may appear.

Because dog-related injuries can be easily prevented with some education and training, our Enrichment and Training Department wanted to create a class to help kids and their family learn about how to read canine body language, how to respect a dog’s boundaries and how to train, interact and play with their own dog in a fun, yet safe, manner.

“The Kids, the Dog and Me” is a 4-week course that will be fun and educational for the entire family. Kaysha Rogers, our Enrichment & Training Coordinator, has developed a curriculum that will keep your child engaged and having fun, while they are also learning about how to properly interact with their dog. This class is ideal for children age 6-12 years. A parent or guardian must be present with a child for the class.

Participating dogs should be free of fear and reactivity towards people and other dogs. Participating dogs must have taken a group training course such as SafeHaven’s Family Dog Basic Manners, Control Unleashed or Adolescent Fundamentals or receive approval to attend from a SafeHaven trainer.

For more information about understanding dogs and keeping children safe, please speak with a SafeHaven Trainer. SafeHaven Humane Society also offers many opportunities, from fun Summer Day Camps to group Training Classes, to educate children about dog safety.

SIGN UP TODAY: “The Kids, the Dog and Me” begins its 4-week course on Wednesday 6/28/2017 @ 11:00 AM at the SafeHaven Training Center. The class is $75 and will be taught by Kaysha Rogers. Sign up online at www.safehavenhumane.org/training or email training@safehavenhumane.com.

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