MADISON (WKOW) -- Introducing a new pet to the family is always exciting, but at the same time, there are a few important things to consider before the introduction; especially if you have young kids.
Gayle Viney, with Dane County Humane Society, said 50 percent of all dog bites happen to kids under 12-years-old. She says it's important to help kids "learn how to speak dog" and learn to always ask for permission.
According to Viney, there are some warning signs a dog is stressed and might bite. She says some signs are if the dog is yawning more, licking its nose and lips more, keeps its mouth closed, or has a "half moon eye", meaning the eyes are not fully open.
When it comes to all pets, Viney says supervision is key. She says you should never leave kids alone with pets. She says using a baby gate is one way to keep the dog and baby separate.
DCHS has a class to get your pet ready for a new baby. The "Baby-Ready Pets" class goes over specific tips and techniques to help desensitize and help gradually introduce a new baby with a dog or cat.
The next "Baby-Ready Pets" class is on April 9 from 6-7 p.m. at the Adoption Center West on Mineral Point Road. The class costs $10 per family. If you'd like to register or find out more information, click here.
Viney joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday to talk about this.
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