There were lots of little dog boys and dog girls at Graham Elementary this past Friday! Jon Campbell, Alice Akridge, client Mark Kay Bode, and I presented for Career Day the 3rd year in a row. Graham Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School which means they have shown significant improvements in students’ academic achievements. It also means students are performing at high academic levels.
All of the students were attentive and extremely enthusiastic to learn about what we do, dog care, and how to be safe around dogs. We also led the kids in song, hand motions included, about dog safety, in a song called “I Speak Doggie”. It was great seeing the kids join in with us! They were a terrific audience!
During our Q&A time, here are some of the questions we asked the kids (For fun, how many can you answer?!):
- What do you do if you see a dog by himself?
- What is the 1st thing you do if you want to pet a dog that’s with his owner?
- What is the 2nd thing you do?
Answers at the bottom!
Last but not least, the real stars of the day were the dogs: Guinness, a 4-year old male Doberman, Max, 7-year old Black Lab, and Isaac, a 9-10 week old Black Lab puppy and recent addition to our Totally Puppy! Rotation Class. It was excellent socialization for Isaac meeting so many children. The kids were eager participants in feeding Isaac his breakfast. The safest way to give a dog a treat is by holding the piece of food in a flat palm and then presenting it to the dog. The kids were excited to know they were helping train Isaac to take treats gently! Now Isaac will have lots of positive association with kids and learn good, big boy manners!
Guinness and Max were troopers in showing the kids how to properly and safely pet a dog. They also received lots of praise from the staff on their excellent manners! It was proud training moment!
We can’t wait to do it again next year!
Are you ready for the answers?!
- If you see a dog with no one around, do not approach the dog and walk (not run) the other direction. If you run, the dog is likely to chase you and that is both dangerous and scary! Find an adult immediately to inform them of the dog.
- The very first thing you do if you want to pet a dog that is with his owner is ask the owner!
- If the owner says yes, then ask the dog! The proper way of asking a dog to pet him is by presenting a closed fist, fingers face up. If the dog says no, he will turn away or hide behind the owner. If he does this, it is safest to walk away. If he says yes, he may nudge your hand or move closer to you. And, as the song says, “Pet collar to tail!”
If you’d like to have us at your child’s Career Day or want to find out more about our training opportunities, we’d love to hear from you.
Post and photos by Rebecca Andrews, CPDT-KA