Parenting Safety and Prevention: Protecting Children from Dog Bites
Dogs are a man’s best friend, but where do they stand with children? Well trained dogs usually get along just fine with children, but parents should never get too comfortable. For the sake of their child’s safety, it’s important for parents to understand that dogs can display out of character attitude at any time and this could unfortunately result in a hurt child.
Parents need to teach their children the right way to interact with all animals, including dogs. It is also necessary that parents warn their kids about the dangers of animal attacks and most importantly how to prevent these vicious attacks.
Originally appearing on Popsugar, here are some tips on how to prevent dog attacks:
- Parents should supervise all interactions between children and dogs.
- Babies, toddlers, and young children should never be left alone with a dog.
- Parents should educate their children on how to behave around dogs. Never approach a dog you don’t know, even if the dog is on a leash.
- If you are attacked, give the dog an object, such as a jacket or tote to bite.
- If you are knocked down, roll yourself into a ball and lie still. Cover your head and face with your hands.
- Never scream at or run from a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or tending to puppies.
- If a bite occurs, the child should be seen by a doctor, no matter how minor the injury.
Of course, in the end we all want children to love and respect animals but it is always important to put a child’s safety first. Make sure you discuss these prevention tips with your children so they can continue to maintain healthy and playful relationships with their favorite furry friends.