Most children love dogs, but do not recognize the danger that they potentially pose. Children under the age of 14 are at high risk of dog bite, given that many have no sense of how to act properly around dogs.
Given that children are also smaller and weaker than adults, dog bites pose a grave risk. Fortunately, there are many ways that adults can help children avoid dog bite. According to Kids’ Health, even the nicest family dog can snap if in certain situations; however, proper supervision and situational awareness can help children avoid dog bites.
Tips for parents
It is always a good idea to ask a dog owner before allowing a young child to approach an unfamiliar dog. Some dogs are better with children than others, and asking for permission can avert a terrible situation. If the owner gives permission, you should teach your children to allow the dog to sniff their hand before approaching or hugging the animal.
Children should also know to never approach a dog while eating, or back one into a corner.
Tips for dog owners
If you have children and are looking to add a furry friend to your family, be sure to talk with the breeder or shelter about what dogs are best with children. While any breed can bite, some breeds are more tolerant of childish antics and noise.
When you take the dog out into public, make sure that it is always on a leash. Spaying and neutering dogs can also help ensure that they stay calm.
Dogs can be wonderful family members and companions. However, it is paramount that parents and dog owners alike take all necessary steps to prevent dog bite.