According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just under 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and dog bite-related injuries are the highest in children ages 5 to 9 year-old. Also, the CDC says the incidence of dog bites is greater in families who own dogs. In fact, as the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the incidence of dog bites.
Although many dogs are friendly, loving members of our families, adults need to take the time to discuss basic dog safety with children. The CDC suggests reviewing and reinforcing the following tips with children when it comes to dealing with dogs.
- Do not approach unfamiliar dogs.
- Do not run from a dog and scream.
- Be still if approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- If knocked down by a dog, roll into a ball and stay still.
- Do not play with a dog unless an adult is present and supervising.
- Immediately tell an adult about stray dogs or dogs acting strangely.
- Do not make eye contact with a dog.
- Do not approach a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for their young.
- Do not pet a dog before allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Report bites immediately to an adult.
With the weather becoming more tolerable, more of us will be outside enjoying the weather – especially children. Unfortunately, this leaves us all more vulnerable to dog attacks. Take the time to discuss dog safety with your children and reinforce the message regularly with your family.
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