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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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Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins has been writing for Families Online Magazine since 2004. She is a mom, nurse andcommunity volunteer.
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