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Dog Bite Prevention: 10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

Any dog can bite!  Most dog bites to children are severe and happen during everyday activities.  One reason children are victims of dog bites is because they do not know how to treat dogs.  Teaching children appropriate interactions and boundaries with dogs significantly reduces the risk of being bitten.  Every responsible pet owner should teach their children dog bite prevention.

Dog Bite Prevention


Dog Bite Prevention:  10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

1. Never leave young children unattended with a dog.   

The best thing you can do to prevent a dog bite is to closely supervise the interactions and activities between the child and dog.  Children, especially babies and toddlers, should never be alone with a dog.  Children can accidentally hurt or threaten a dog consequently causing the dog to bite.

2.  No hugs or kisses.   

Although children naturally want to show their love by giving a dog a hug or a kiss, dogs do not like these gestures. When a dog feels trapped and uncomfortable, a bite may result as a way to escape. Teach children that dogs like scratches on the back.  

3.  No pats on the head or reaching over the head.

Dogs become very nervous with movements over their heads. This can be threatening or scary.  Show children appropriate places to touch or pet the dog, such as on the back at the tail base or in back of the neck.

We can't stress enough the importance of teaching children HOW to show love to pets. ❤️Children naturally want to show love by hugging and kissing. It's our responsibility to teach them dogs don't like this and will try to get away or worse, bite. I've been showing my granddaughter the appropriate ways to love dogs! To show love, we give dogs scratches on the back or back of the neck and give them space. No pats on the head No hugsDon't kiss the dogGive dogs spaceDon't chase after themDo not take food or toys away from themDon't bother when they are eatingI would say Sasha has a new best friend

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4.  Don’t pull ears, tail, muzzle, or paws.

Kids are very inquisitive of a dog’s ears, tail, mouth, and paws.   These areas however, may be sensitive to a dog. Most dogs do not like having these areas touch.  The probing and pulling of little hands on these sensitive areas most certainly will be uncomfortable to the dog which may cause the dog to snap or bite.  Show children to gently scratch a dog’s back instead. 

5.  Don’t corner or trap.

A threatened or trapped dog is more likely to bite.  Children must learn to give dogs space.  If a dog moves away or growls, it means leave them alone. 

6. Don’t bother pets who are sleeping.

Startling a dog while sleeping, can most definitely lead to a bite.  A child should never be allowed to wake a sleeping dog.  Teach them instead to allow the dog to sleep in peace and to wait for the dog to approach them before engaging in interaction and play.

7.  Don’t bother dogs when they are eating.

Children should never reach into a dog’s food bowl or try to take their dish while the dog is eating.  For some dogs this is not a problem,  Other dogs however, may bite or start resource guarding.  It’s not worth risking to know if your dog will be okay with it.  Avoid it all together.

8.  Don’t take food, toys, or valuable treats away from pet.

Taking something valuable away from a pet increases the likelihood of a child be bitten.  Children can easily understand this by explaining just like they don’t want someone taking their favorite toy while playing, dogs don’t like it either.

9.  Do not chase.

Chase seems like a very fun game for children and dogs, but chase can lead to overactive, stimulated dogs who while chasing start biting. Playing a more calm game such as hide and seek or fetch are better alternatives.

10.  Do not lean on or over a dog.

Leaning over or on a dog, is threatening or may even hurt the dog. Children should learn to walk around a dog and to leave a dog alone if resting.  It’s never okay for children to lean on, sit on, or lay on a dog.  

There are many great benefits of children safely growing up with dogs. Responsible pet owners will ensure their child’s safety by teaching them how to treat and love dogs.

Most dog bites can be prevented and the best way to do this is to teach our children dog bite prevention. 



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