Note To Parents: This list of rules for kids has helped educate many children as to the proper way to deal with a puppy. Those
children too young to read can have the list read to them,and it really makes a big impression when the list is posted on
the refrigerator,at eye level,feel free to print it out for that purpose.It is recommended that parents
do not leave children alone with any dog for any length of time.Remember a grown dog deserves the
same protection from your children
The puppy (or dog) belongs to Mom and Dad. To help keep the puppy , and me safe, and to earn the
privilege of playing with it, I must follow these rules:
Talk to the puppy in a normal voice. No screaming or
yelling at her.
Approach the puppy quietly. Walk, don't run. Make a
fist and let her sniff it before you touch her.
Pet the puppy gently, on the back, from head to tail.
No petting tail to head.
Be kind to your puppy. No hitting or kicking allowed.
No jumping on the dog. No riding the dog like she was a horse. No stepping on the dog's toes. No dressing up the dog in doll's
clothes. No pulling tails or ears.
Play 'fetch the ball' with your puppy. No roughhousing.
No tug-of-war. If you're not sure, ask Mom or Dad.
Remember that your puppy is just a baby and gets tired
quickly. If the puppy is sleeping, leave it alone.
If your puppy is in the crate, leave her alone. No sitting
on top of the crate while the dog is in it. No putting food or toys in through the openings. When the puppy is in the crate
pretend there is a big DO NOT DISTURB sign on the crate door.
If the puppy is doing something wrong, tell it "No"
in a low, serious voice.
If the puppy does something right, sound happy and excited
when you tell her, "Good girl!"
Say "sit" and not "sit-down". Only say it once and only
say it if you know how to make the puppy do what you want.
Make sure all visitors read this list, or have it read
to them. You are responsible for protecting your puppy from people who might not know how to treat a dog.
Help Mom and Dad by being the one to put down the puppy's
food bowl. No feeding between meals. Some people food can make a dog really sick, so no sharing your snacks with the dog and
no feeding from the table.
Be patient. Before you know it, your dog will be trained
and ready to be the friend you really want to have. In the meantime, practice giving the commands to brothers and sisters
(take turns!) and to your stuffed animals.
- Love your dog but respect him or her, too.