Don’t let canines take a bite out of your summer fun

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Children and dogs might seem like they would bond instantly, but that’s not always the case. A stray or feral dog could be wary of people or, surprised by their presence, might cause them to attack youngsters.

The Isle of Wight County Department of Parks and Recreation is helping to avoid such incidents by offering a dog bite prevention seminar for children ages 8-14.

“Child/Canine/Connect (Be a Tree)” will be led by Patty Allen on Tuesday, July 26.

There will be three sessions that day from 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. All will take place in the Mary Wells Senior Building at Carrollton Nike Park, 13036 Nike Park Road.

The cost is $25 per child.

The program will focus on both fun and interactive activities that can teach them how to interpret a dog’s body language and how to act safely around their own pets, as well as unfamiliar canines.

To register or for more information, call the 357-2291.