Dog Bite Prevention
Safe Kids are Bite Free!
Approximately 1/2 of all children in the U.S. are bitten by a dog before they hit
the teenage years. And 800,000 bites a year are severe enough to require medical treatment. These statistics alone make us realize how important it is to teach our children dog safety!
The vast majority of dog bites are from a dog that the child
is at least acquainted with—his or her own, a neighbor's, or a friend's pet canine. You can help prevent this from happening
by discussing this list with your child and helping him/her learn when and how to interact with doggie friends.
Here are some basic rules for dog interaction:
- Do not stare into the dog's eyes. This can
cause aggressive behaviour because the dog feels challenged.
- Do not tease dogs behind fences. You could
become a target of aggression if they can get near you.
- Do not go near dogs chained up in yards. They
become very territorial and may view you as an intruder into their area.
- Do not touch a loose (off-leash) dog outside.
Tell an adult immediately.
- Do not run and scream if a loose dogs come near you.
Stand very still (like a tree) and be very quiet while he is near.
- Do not touch or play with a dog while he or she is
- Do not touch a dog while he or she is sleeping.
- Only touch a dog after receiving permission from
the guardian. The caretaker knows if the dog is safe and will not harm a child.
- Ask permission of the dog by letting him sniff
your closed hand. This is a nonthreatening interaction to the dog.
- Always treat a dog with respect and kindness.
They will treat you the same in return.
- Hold your hand flat when feeding a treat to
- Give your dog obedience lessons. This will
provide him with better control and better human interaction skills.
- Love your dog and have fun with her!