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Pet tips
July 07, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Upon request, PHS/SPCA will send a humane educator to schools within San Mateo County for a grade-appropriate talk (generally K-6). Presentations focus either on the basic needs of companion animals or on local wildlife. Our presenters usually bring their own dog to help present. Among the basic messages, we teach kids how to react when approached by an unfamiliar dog, especially one that is off-leash. Be still, and act like a tree, we explain. This led one concerned child to ask, “But what if the dog pees on me?” We can always count on kids to ask the right questions! It’s summertime, so we’re not actively promoting this wonderful resource for schools. But, we have something even better for parents looking for expert advice beyond the “be still like a tree” message. This summer, we’re offering “Safety Around Dogs — A workshop for Children and Adults.” The program, open to kids age 5 and up, is 11 a.m.-noon Sunday, July 13. The seminar will be done in a playful, fun atmosphere inside our new Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a certificate for completing the one-hour program. Topics to be covered include: safe handling of dogs, dos and don’ts regarding dogs; preventing dog bites and accidents: responsible pet ownership. We will also cover the importance of helping dogs become “child-proof” and helping kids become “dog-proof’; basically, helping kids and dogs live safely with each other. This is a fantastic resource for young families who’ve just adopted or are considering adding a dog to their home. The cost is $20 per person, but family discounts are being offered. Please call 650/340-7022, ext. 667. We ask that families to not bring their dog if they already have one. Our instructor will have her own dog present and kids will interact with this dog.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.

 

 

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