The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County (Tennessee) has started an innovative program to help children age 5 – 14 to avoid dog attacks.
As you may know, nearly one million people are bitten each year by dogs, and half of them are children under the age of 9.
To teach children how to behave around dogs, the Humane Society uses plush mascots named Maggie and Cleo to demonstrate safe behaviors while keeping the interactions non-threatening for the kids. They emphasize not screaming or running away from dogs and staying calm when around dogs.
If you are local to Montgomery County and interact with groups of children, you can contact the Humane Society there for a demo at your location. If you’re not local, but would like dog-bite prevention information, you can have some mailed or e-mailed to you. Contact information is as follows: by phone to 931-648-8042 or by e-mail to [email protected]. You might also try contacting your own local humane society to see if they offer similar programs.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!