Keeping Kids Safe Around Dogs

July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

Kids don’t think a cute and fluffy dog would ever hurt them, but any dog could bite under the right circumstances. In fact, each year about 4.7 million children are bitten by dogs in the United States.

Teaching children the following basic tips will help ensure safe encounters:

  • Always ask the owner if it’s ok to pet a dog.
  • Let the dog see and sniff you before petting it.
  • If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, stay calm. Don’t look it directly in the eye, and stand still or back up slowly.
  • If a dog tries to bite you, put anything you can between you and the dog. If knocked to the ground, roll into a ball, cover your face and lie still.
  • Don’t tease dogs or pull their tails or ears.
  • Never bother dogs while they’re eating, sleeping or taking care of their puppies.
  • Never take a toy or bone away from a dog or play tug of war with a dog.
  • Never feed a dog a treat with your fingers. Put the treat in your palm with your fingers and thumb held close together.

Source: Kidshealth.org

Entry filed under: Safety.

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