You can teach a child ‘new tricks’

I have just enjoyed reading this latest piece of research

Lakestani N, Donaldson ML (2015) Dog Bite Prevention: Effect of a Short Educational Intervention for Preschool Children. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134319

There is a neat abstract, the last lines read: These results indicate that preschool children can be taught how to correctly interpret dogs’ behaviours. This implies that incorporating such training into prevention programmes may contribute to reducing dog bite incidents.”

So society, if not parents, need to take on board the task of informing 3 to 5 year old children about dogs’ emotional states and help the children from being bitten.

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