Dog Chasing Kids
Dogs sometimes chase kids, which can be scary. The Dog Trainer has a simple way for kids to keep themselves safe if a dog chases them. Most chasing dogs will go away if you just get boring!
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Recently, I had a Q&A session with the children of our own Mighty Mommy, who asked me all sorts of fun and clever questions about dogs and why do what they do. Check out the episode here. One of the kids told me that a dog in their neighborhood gets loose sometimes and chases kids. What should the kids do? And what if the dog bites them?
This episode is for any kid who’s ever been worried about what a dog might do to you.
Most Dogs Won’t Hurt You, Even If They Chase You
The most important thing to know is that most dogs, even dogs who chase kids, don’t mean to hurt you. Here’s what usually happens: Lots of dogs get excited by things that move fast, including people and animals. You might have noticed how grown-ups often kind of trudge along, whereas kids run and jump? That makes kids much more thrilling for excitable dogs.
See also: Case Study: The Child-Chasing Terrier
Usually, when somebody’s chasing us, we try to run away. But most dogs can run faster than most people, so running away doesn’t work so well. The dog gets more and more excited and might start to grab at the running person’s clothes or their feet or their hands. That’s where things really can get dangerous.
To Get a Dog to Leave You Alone, Be Boring!
But remember that most dogs aren’t chasing you to hurt you. There are things you can do to turn off the dog’s chasing. It’s like this: Dogs get excited by fast-moving things. So what happens if you stop being a fast-moving thing? You get much less exciting. Here’s what to do: