#childsafetytips | Staying safe around dogs: Tips from a pro

If you are reading this column, I’ll bet you have a companion animal (or a houseful!). You know your pets — their personalities, what they like, and what they don’t like. It can be easy to forget that animals are individuals with different temperaments and not every animal will interact with you the way yours do. No matter if you are out and about and want to say hi to dog being walked, trying to help a stray, or encounter an animal that may be aggressive, there are things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Claren Mulhall is head dog trainer and a certified dog bite prevention educator at Cloud K-9 Dog training services (www.cloudk9nm.com). She also is a longtime volunteer at the ASCMV, conducting the mandatory dog walking workshop for new volunteers as well as mor­­­­­e advanced workshops.

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