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Another cool project for kids and dogs!
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f you want to include dogs at your event, a few common-sensesuggestions will ensure that all your guests——human and canine——stay friendly, relaxed, and enjoy themselves.
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A bookstore, parking lot, park,or auditorium will be neutral territory or the attending dogs, sothey are unlikely to act protective. Most dogs enjoy the chance tomeet, mingle, and play.
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Keepin mind how much space is available or your event; crowdingcan make dogs uncomortable and tense. I necessary, you canhost the event in shits by scheduling dierent groups at dierenttimes. Alternatively, only allow a certain number o guests tobring their dogs. Pre-registering also ensures that someone cantalk with the owner to make sure their dogs—and kids—cancomply with the ollowing guidelines.
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All dogs must be well socialized, comortable with other peopleand dogs, able to walk on a leash, and able to sit or lie down orthe duration o the event.
The ollowing dogs, unortunately, cannot participate:
a emale dog in heat
a puppy who isn’t completely vaccinated
a dog suering rom anything that could be transmitted toother dogs—or instance, feas, mange, or kennel cough
An adult needs to accompany each dog and kid. Kids can be inthe lead, but an adult needs to remain present.
All dogs should arrive and remain on leashes. A crate or portable kennel is another option, but the dog must be on a leashonce outside the crate.
Urge the attendees to exercise their dog beore the event: agood walk, an exuberant play session—whatever will channeltheir dog’s excitement, allow or a bathroom break, and use upexcess energy.
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i you’d like.Use a parking lot, grassy eld, or other open area to encouragesocializing beore gathering indoors or in a smaller area.
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there’s potential or lotso excitement. Remember that dogs pick up on their owner’semotions, so encourage owners to be relaxed! I possible,encourage owners to take their dogs, together, on a quick walk,keeping the leashes loose. Then let the dogs sni, circle, and playwith one another. I any signs o aggression occur, separate thedogs by walking in dierent directions; no scolding or correctionsare needed—that oten increases a dog’s uneasiness. Likewise, i at any time during the event, a dog shows signs o aggression ornervousness—growling, raising his hackles, snarling—the ownerand dog should simply move away. There’s nothing more that can bedone at that moment beyond anticipating and preventing a problem.
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make sure each dog has enoughspace to rest. Dogs that aren’t used to being crowded can be nervous.
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Food canencourage a dog to act jealous or territorial.
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or crowdsmay be distracted or shy i asked to do a command or perorm atrick. Remind owners that they’ll need extra patience.
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you’ll wantto have the ollowing on hand: a roll o paper towels (pick up orblot quickly); a bottle o plain white vinegar (sprinkle the spot,rub inward, and blot again); and a box o baking soda (sprinkleon, allow to stand); cover with a ew more paper towels. Done!Even though I’ve oered plenty o pointers here, bringingtogether well-trained dogs with their well-trained kids should be asae, pleasurable experience or everyone. Here’s to a great event!