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Kindness is Powerful

Rochester students learn how to safely interact with dogs and treat them kindly.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017 6:10 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. -  Students at Bamber Valley Elementary and Longfellow Elementary met Angus, a rescue dog, to learn how to safely interact with dogs. 

The Kindess is Powerful event is aimed to teach kids to treat dogs with kindness. 

Roo Yori is one of the event speakers and Angus's owner. 

"Kindness is powerful and we wanted to make sure we...instill that in these kids young, so hopefully when they grow up we can create a better world," he said. 

Treating dogs kindly will also help dogs treat kids kindly. 

Yori said half of dog bite incidences involve children. 

"They're right at the dog's level, and so by teaching them how to properly interacte with  dogs, hopefully we can prevent some of those situations from happening," he said. 

Yori said it's essential for children to always ask the owner if he or she can pet the dog. 

"It's really important for parents to set the example and teach them to ask, and do that themselves," he said. 

The event also taught kids what to do if they find a stray dog without a parent around. 

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