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Dog bite How To Keep Kids Safe

Kids receive most of the dog bites for various reasons. Children lack restraint, they tend to move fast and have a small size. Some dogs consider them competitors while other dogs may view them as prey.

So teaching a child the correct approach to greeting a dog is extrememly important.

Rules for Avoiding Dog Bites:

  • Never approach a strange dog. Do not pet a dog who is not with his owner.
  • Ask permission from the owner before petting the dog.
  • Wait for the dog to come to you.
  • Do not approach a dog that is tied up, in a car or in a fenced yard.
  • Let the dog sniff your hand by holding out your hand with the palm facing down.
  • Do not pet a dog on the head or face, instead stroke his body gently in the same direction his hair grows.
  • Don't stare the dog directly into his eyes.
  • Never pull the dog's ears or tail. Never poke at his eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Do not run from a dog.

What to Do if a Dog Threatens You:

For added safety, make sure your child know what to do if threatened by a dog.

  • Stand still, do not run and do not turn your back to the dog.
  • Don't look the dog directly in his eyes.
  • Back away from the dog slowly.
  • If the dog moves toward you, command him to go home with a low voice.
  • If a dog attacks you, curl into a ball and use your arms and hands to protect your head and neck. If you have a jacket or backpack, try to place between you and the dog.

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