|Animal Aid gets on board with Polite Pets Month|
Animal Aid wants to help raise the awareness of the prevention and treatment of problem behaviour during Polite Pets Month this March.
The Australian Veterinary Association initiative aims to educate pet owners, particularly first time pet owners, about the importance of socialisation and reward based training in an effort to reduce the number of dog bites and pet related incidents.
"It is important to ensure that our pets, particularly puppies, are well socialised with as many people and other animals as possible from an early age," Meg Ryan, Animal Aid Behaviour and Training Co-ordinator said.
"Dogs that are exposed to people of different ages, backgrounds and genders throughout their lives, are far less likely to be fearful and encounter any problems."
Meg goes on to say that it is equally important that people, particularly children, are given clear guidance on how to appropriately behave around pets. Supervision is a key factor for children of any age but especially children under 10 years of age.
Animal Aid has a number of tips for people when approached by an unfamiliar dog:
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