Dog Safety
Half of all children are bitten by a dog by the age of 12 according to Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention. Children are bitten by dogs they know as well as dogs they’ve never met.

Children should be taught how to approach dogs and what to do if one approaches them. Walking to school, many kids will be faced with a strange dog and should know how to react.

In an effort to prevent dog bites, the Dogs & Kids organization offers the following tips:

  • Ask permission before petting someone else’s dog.
  • Leave mother animals and their young alone.
  • Do not try to pet dogs that are tied up, sleeping, eating, behind fences or in vehicles.
  • Do not chase or tease dogs, or pull their ears or tails.
  • Do not grab their food, bones or toys.
  • Do not try to stop a fight. Call an adult for help.
  • Always act kindly and gently. Animals have feelings too.
  • Leave wild animals alone.

Doggone Safe also recommends parents teach kids to be a tree if a dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. Dogs are excited and stimulated by movement and will chase a child that runs. The erratic movements and high pitched sounds that children make can cause some dogs to view them as prey and a chasing or wrestling game can suddenly become deadly.

Teaching your children how to prevent dog bites will keep them safe.