Research shows that dog bites among children are decreasing, but children are still more likely to be bitten than an adult. They are also more likely to receive medical attention than adults who are bitten by a dog.
Many of these dog bites can be prevented, and there are ways that adults can help reduce the risk of a child being bitten by a dog.
There are a number of things that adults can teach children that can prevent a dog bite. These tips can be used in the home or out on the streets. It is important that parents, guardians, and even teachers review safety tips for being around strange dogs as well as personal pets.
Believe it or not, it is very common for a child to be bitten by its own dog.
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog
- Do not run and scream from a dog
- Remain motionless and indifferent when approached by an unfamiliar dog or continue on your way at a calm pace and ignore the dog altogether
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball, cover your head, lay still, and be quiet
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult
- Avoid direct eye-contact with a dog
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff your hand first
Dog bite prevention is not to frighten children, but to teach them to consider the dog’s feelings in particular situations.