1. Admire from a distance instead of approach (wave hi to dog, blow kiss)
2. Invite them to you with kissy noise and leg pat (invites decreases bites)
3. Allow them to walk away
Toddlers model what we teach and consistently reward them for doing. Teaching and practicing these three steps with your toddler at home will help set your child up for success when out and about.
An example of this yesterday on our walk to the park kelsyann was helping me push her two stuffed dogs in the stroller. A cat came across a front yard. Kelsyann stopped and immediately invited the cat over with kissy noises and leg pats. The cat reinforced her by coming straight over and rubbing all over us. I loved that this cat felt safe and comfortable. Kelsy did not chase the cat or follow it when it chose to leave. Teaching respect of space is an important lesson for toddlers when living with animals.