There’s nothing more horrifying than hearing about a dog attacking a young child in the news.
Thu 21 Sep 2017
There’s nothing more horrifying than hearing about a dog attacking a young child in the news. Fortunately, dog attacks on youngsters are rare, but obviously when they do happen they make headline news, and quite rightly so. Even a small warning nip from an anxious dog can leave a child frightened of dogs, and this fear can then last a lifetime. We’ve all seen excited children wanting to stroke and cuddle a cute dog, but an excitable child can startle even the most placid dog with their fast and unexpected movements, which in turn could provoke a negative reaction from a growl to a bite.
The sad fact is that many dog owners themselves are unsure how to educate their youngsters on good etiquette around dogs.
So, were delighted to receive a lovely new children’s book from Hubble & Hattie. Over the last few years Hubble & Hattie have published a wide variety of educational pet-related books covering topics such as health issues including arthritis and epilepsy in dogs, so adding a book for children makes perfect sense.
Worzel says hello! Will you be my friend? by Catherine Pickles is the perfect tool for children and adults of course on how to greet a dog in a safe and calm manner. The book features Worzel, a big fluffy Lurcher. Worzel is rather timid and nervous as he was treated badly as a young puppy. He’s a very friendly dog once he gets to know you though, and each page shows you how to do this through a series of catchy rhymes and beautiful illustrations by Chantal Bourgonje.
Worzel say hello! Will you be my friend? is a must-have book for any family with young children who own or are looking to take on a new dog. As well as being a great bedtime read for children, it would be good to see this book used in schools to help children who may not come across dogs in the home environment and not have the opportunity to discover what beautiful friendships our four-legged friends can bring.