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Pampered Pets Launches New Education Program Aimed at Preventing Dog Bites

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Did you know that 50% of children are bitten by a dog by the time they’re 12 years old, and 77% of those bites come from their family or friend’s dog?!

We feel that it’s imperative for both the well-being of children and dogs in our community that pet behavior education is a top priority. It is our responsibility to keep our pets safe, and part of that responsibility is teaching children how to respect and interact with them. Children are by far the most common victims of dog bites, but studies show that educating kids on how to safely interact with pets significantly decreases the risk.

Our Pampered Pets educators are teaming up with local schools to present the Stop the 77 program. The Dog Stars and I Speak Doggie educational presentations are part of this program and are designed especially for pre-school and elementary school-aged children (pre-K through 3rd grade). These presentations have a fun, up-beat message that will have kids signing about dog safety for weeks to come. Help us make our community a safer place for children and all the dogs in their lives by joining us for a workshop or class.

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The Dog Safety program was a big hit for the Bright Stars students at Greer Elementary. Therapy dogs Laci and Gabrielle helped the students practice petting dogs from collar to tail, and even showed off a trick!

Our first, free public presentation, will be at our Dog Safety and Education Day on Saturday, March 19th.

If you are an educator and are interested in a classroom presentation, please contact Kaicee at [email protected] As part of our commitment to our local community, we are offering this program for free to schools and/or youth groups (e.g. brownies, churches, girl scouts, etc.).

 

By | 2018-01-25T10:58:52+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Charlottesville, Events, News & Events, Pampered Pets Cville|0 Comments

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