dog bites with your children
Did you realize
the summertime is the most common time for a child to be bitten
or mauled by an aggressive dog? And if you think it would
never happen to your child, don't forget that 400,000+ children
are bitten every year and seek medical attention - and that
doesn't even include all the children who are treated at home
without ever seeing a doctor.
So what can you
do to prevent dog bites?
First, don't assume
that just because a dog is a friendly dog breed that it would
never bite. Yes, even a golden retriever can be aggressive,
just as a friend's pit bull could actually be one of the most
gentlest dogs ever. Don't dismiss a dog's aggressiveness simply
because you know a certain type is "never aggressive".
a strange dog. Read teaching
caution around strange pets for more informaiton
on this, but the baseline is that you should teach your child
to never approach a strange dog without first asking permission
of the owner.
Along the same
lines, teach your children to never approach an injured animal,
even if it is a family pet. Pain and injury can cause even
the friendliest dog to lash out in pain, without realizing
they are harming those trying to help.
If a dog is eating,
teach your children to never disturb the dog,or even get too
close (even without touching). Some dogs can be very possessive
about their food and treats even if they are normally very
Never tease a dog.
Dogs might not realize that your behavior, such as taking
a toy from its mouth, is actually so you can play with them.
Get your dog regular
checkups, especially if something seems to be amiss health-wise.
Pain from an ear infection, for example, can cause a normally
gentle dog to become agressive, simply because they are in
so much pain.