Pet Expert, Alicia Offringa from Camp Bow Wow Hudsonville provide ways that can help children overcome pet phobias.
Pet Practice: Try showing your child how to interact with pets by using a stuffed animal. Show him or her how to safely play with their furry friend. A stuffed animal can make for a lovable practice buddy that your child will feel more comfortable around.
Story Time: Read your child stories about happy pets and their owners. Depending on your child's age, this can greatly impact how they feel about dogs and cats.
Don't Force Contact: Forcing your child to pet an animal or insisting that a pet is harmless may only increase their fears. It's important to keep your child calm around the dog or cat. If they are forced to make contact, it may only frighten them (or the animal) even more.
Play Date: Once your child stops fearing pets at a distance, it may be time to gradually introduce him or her to a friend or relative's dog or cat. At first, make introductions brief if your child seems hesitant. Over time, lengthen the amount of time spent.
Adopt: Finally, take your child to a pet adoption site, and allow them to pick out their new pet! The excitement of having the pet of their choice, may be the incentive they need to let go of their fears. Camp Bow Wow franchises across the country offer adoption services, so be sure to visit your local branch.
About Camp Bow Wow®
Happy, Healthy Pets - Happy, Healthy People!
Since launched in 2000, Camp Bow Wow has grown to include over 150 locations across North America, becoming a $65 million business. The company was recently ranked 214 out of 500 in Entrepreneur's "Franchise 500" list for 2012 and has been named to the INC magazine "5000 Fastest Growing Companies" list four years running. The Camp concept provides the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its Campers, including live Camper Cams to watch them at play and peace of mind for their parents, and specially trained Certified Camp Counselors caring for their furry friends. Campers romp together in an open-play environment with the brand promise of "All day play, snooze the night away," and pricing is all-inclusive. Additional services offered at Camp include Behavior Buddies, Camp Bow Wow's premier dog training program, and Home Buddies, which provides various in-home pet care options. In 2007, Camp Bow Wow launched the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, our 501c3 charity, to lend a paw to animals in need around the world. The foundation supports canine cancer research, foster programs which have provided over 10,000 rescued dogs homes, and remodeling of shelters through the On Our Way Home Project.
Camp Bow Wow Hudsonville
Address: 4322 Central Parkway
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
P: 616.896.9663 (WOOF)
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Since the Boulder, Colorado-based company started franchising in 2003, Camp Bow Wow has sold more than 200 franchises in 40 states, plus one in Canada, with over 50% being women-owned. As Camp Bow Wow grows, our simple philosophy remains the same: "It's all about the pets!"