Model appropriate behavior around dogs. Even dog savvy adults can throw good judgment out the window when they meet an especially cute pup. Remember that your children are watching you and cuing off of your behavior in every situation. It is most important that you follow safe and appropriate behaviors such as asking the owner permission to approach the dog, letting the dog make the choice to approach you, gently petting on the dog’s side, and giving the dog the choice to continue or end the interaction.
No kissing and no hugging the dog. This is a very difficult task for adults as well as children. We love to hug and feel close to those we care about. And it is not uncommon for children to want to hug and kiss every dog they encounter. Dogs, on the other hand, do not show affection in the same ways and hugging and kissing can feel very uncomfortable to them. If your dog does tolerate hugs and kisses, it does not mean that every other dog will. Ask your child if they enjoy being hugged and kissed by people they just met. You can teach your child many other safer ways to show how much they love dogs.