Protect Your Child From Dog Bites: 4 Things Kids Need to Know ASAP! by Donna John
The peak season for dog bites? Summer. Especially among kids, who spend more time outdoors during July and August, increasing the potential for problem encounters. An estimated 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year, according to the CDC. More than half of the bites resulting in serious injury happen to kids under age 14. Traci Simo, head of Manners dog obedience training for Canine Company, says every child should know these four basic rules:
- Never pet a dog you don't know without first asking the owner. If given permission, let the dog sniff your hand before touching him.
- Don't grab a dog from behind or place your arms around his neck because he may feel threatened.
- Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- If a strange dog approaches you, stand still. In most cases, the dog will sniff you and go away once it decides you are not a threat. Don't run. Dogs love to chase, and may become excited and lunge. Walk slowly with your hands at your side.
To help keep kids safe, pet owners should follow leash laws, have their dog spayed or neutered, train their dog to obey basic commands (sit, stay, come) and seek advice from a pro if their dog demonstrates aggressive behaviors.
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