Child Safety: How to Prevent Dog Bites
Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
A little education can go a long way in keeping children from being bitten by dogs this summer — the peak season for dog bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adults — both dog owners and parents — play the most important role in keeping children safe and ensuring that the interaction is positive for both the children and the dogs. Adults should teach children:
- Never to approach an unknown dog or a dog who is without his owner, and always ask the owner’s permission before petting the dog.
- If approached by an unfamiliar dog, stand still like a tree.
- Never run from or scream around a dog.
- If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
- If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball, cover your face and stay still.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- Source:The American Humane Association
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