Kids Rules for Dogs


  • Remember that not every dog is friendly
  • Ask the owners permission before petting a dog
  • Meet a new dog slowly and calmly
  • Let the new dog come to them and smell them before petting
  • Stay away from stray dogs
  • Put your backpack between you and an attacking dog
  • Stand still like a tree if a dog is barking or growling at you
  • Drop and cover your head & face if you get knocked to the ground
  • Treat dogs with respect
  • Use a leash
  • Think its cool to be a responsible dog owner


  • Make loud noises around dogs
  • Bother a dog that is eating
  • Wake a dog that is sleeping
  • Tease a dog
  • Reach through a fence or car window to pet or touch a dog
  • Take a toy or bone from a dog
  • Get in between two dogs
  • Put your face close to a dog
  • Pull on a dog's ears or tail
  • Bother a mother with her puppies
  • Enter a yard with a dog without permission