Poems coming home from school are a great resource for families. Learn the poem together and play around with altering it. Feed in facts - "I have a little reptile..", and your child's own knowledge - "I have a great big dog..."
DrJ: Safely pet a new, scared, strange, nervous dog Learn "chimp touch" and where to touch. I tried on my adopted rescue cat when he's close but tail is flicking and find he calms and the tail stops if I use this technique, For him, I curl my hand and use short pets around his head/neck/shoulders.