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Electric City Pittie Committee visits elementary school to teach dog bite prevention

Posted: 11/10/2017 15:37:00 -07:00 Updated:

Lincoln Elementary School welcomed visitors from the Electric City Pittie Committee on Friday to teach students about dog bite prevention.

The Pittie Committee brought along posters and handouts and even some furry friends.

Some tips included knowing if you can approach a dog, ways to ask owners about petting their dogs, and some warning signs a dog might give off if he or she is uncomfortable.

The Pittie Committee said the biggest myth about dogs is that sometimes a wagging tail does not necessarily mean a dog is happy, or that a barking dog does not always portray an angry dog.

After the presentation, the kids were able to practice some of the tips they learned on real dogs.

According to Pittie Committee President Erin Kolczak, the basics of approaching a dog can be foreign for some people.

"As people we as human beings tend to think of our dogs as human beings. But they are not. They are dogs. And so things that we understand to be important, like eye contact for example, isn't necessarily the best thing for a dog,” Kolczak said.

Kolczak added that taking the opportunity to talk to kids and teach them dog body language and appropriate interactions, there's a better opportunity for them to appropriately interact with dogs throughout their lives.

The Pittie Committee urges kids to never approach a dog without asking its owner first.

To contact the Pittie Committee about an event or to talk about dog bite prevention, click here for their website.

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