As of Fall 2013, the Pullman Police Department now offers a Dog Safety Program! Taught by Code Enforcement Officer Sharon Schnebly, this program can be tailored to any age groups and focuses on identifying aggressive dogs and how to be safe around dogs. The program is aimed at teaching children and adults how to be safe around dogs. Some of the items addressed include:
What is the proper way to approach an unfamiliar dog?
What should you do if a dog runs toward you?
Can a dog’s body language tell you if it’s okay to pet it?
Almost 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in this country each year. Of those, roughly half are children. The good news is that this issue can be largely prevented through training and education.
The Pullman Police Department's Dog Safety Program is offered free of charge to any school or group within the city who would like to learn more about being safe around dogs. If your school or group is interested in learning more about this new program contact Code Enforcement Officer Sharon Schnebly at the Pullman Police Department by phone at (509) 334-0802 or by email by clicking here. You can also download a program flyer by clicking here.
Officer Schnebly utilizes her own dog, a dalmatian named Chloe, in her classes to give students a real life scenario in how to properly greet a dog.