Child Dog Bite
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Child Dog Bite

Children getting bitten by dogs are unfortunately quite common. Since children are shorter, child dog bite will often damage the face and the neck, as opposed to adults who are often bitten in the extremities. It is harder for a child to effectively defend itself against an attacking dog and even small and comparatively harmless breeds can cause severe injuries to a child.

If you have children, talk to them about dogs and how to reduce the risk of child dog bite. A dog can be a wonderful companion to a kid, and most dogs never hurt a human being throughout the course of their entire life. It is however an undeniable fact that child dog bite is a problem and it is therefore a good idea to teach you children how to interact with dogs in a safe way. 

10 things you can teach your children to prevent child dog bite

  • Do not try to pet or play with dogs that you do not know. Always ask the owner for permission. Never pet or play with a dog if there are no adults around.
  • Do not pet dogs that are tied up, e.g. outside stores. When a dog is tied up, it can not flee if feels threatened. The risk of a child dog bite is therefore higher.
  • Never surprise a dog. Before you go near a dog, you should always call out its name and wait for its reaction.
  • Always let the dog sniff you hand before you try to pet it.
  • Leave the dog alone when it’s sleeping.
  • Leave the dog alone when it’s eating or chewing a bone.
  • Leave the dog alone when it’s nursing puppies.
  • Never teas a dog.
  • Never scream at the dog.
  • Never try to touch the face or eyes of the dog.
  • Never climb on the dog or lift it up, since this can frighten or injure the dog and increase the risk of a child dog bite. 
  • Pay attention to warning signals. If the dog growls at you, or show its teeth, you should leave it alone. Tell an adult about what the dog did.

Four important things that all kids should know about child dog bite

  • The best way of making a dog ignore you is to stay absolutely still with your fists right under your chin. Do not look directly into the dogs’ eyes, since this can be perceived as a threat. If you run away from a dog, you can trigger its hunting instinct and increase the risk of child dog bite.
  • If a dog knocks you over, turn into a ball and protect your face with your knees.
  • If a dog bites you, you have to tell an adult right away. Even a small dog bite can need treatment, because dogs have a lot of bacteria and viruses in their mouths that can cause nasty infections.
  • If a dog tries to bite you, you have to tell an adult right away, even if the dog did not succeed in biting you. It is important for the dog owner to know, so that he or she can train the dog not to bite children or make it wear a muzzle in the presence of children. If a dog that is usually nice tries to bite you, it can be because it is ill. If you tell the dog owner, he or she can take the dog for a veterinary exam and find out why the dog tried to bite you. 

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