Being a parent isn’t easy when it feels like there’s a potential danger for your child lurking around every corner of the neighborhood. Sometimes, these dangers can even be present in the home, in a friend’s home or in a park when it comes to the risks of getting attacked by a dog.
Fortunately, parents can take several precautions that will reduce exponentially the chances of their children getting attacked by dogs.
5 steps to prevent dogs from attacking children
The following tips will help children avoid getting hurt by a dog. Parents should teach these tips and precautions to their children as soon as they are old enough to understand them:
- Even dogs you know to be docile could attack: Parents have to be on alert any time their child is around a dog. Even a family dog or a friend’s dog that you know could change his or her behavior unexpectedly.
- Teach your child that even cute and cuddly dogs can be dangerous: Your child will have a natural affinity to animals. However, you need to teach your child that even the cutest of dogs can attack unexpectedly.
- Teach your kids to ask permission from the owner before touching: The owner of the dog should know the temperament of his or her pet. If the dog is dangerous, the owner will hopefully tell your child to stay away. Therefore, it’s always best that your child asks before touching or petting any dog.
- Teach your children to stay calm around animals: Make sure your child knows not to run away from or toward any dog. Calm and deliberate movements are best so as not to startle or frighten a dog, which could cause it to attack.
- Teach your child not to look an unknown dog in the eyes: Your children should stay calm, avoid eye contact and continually face an unknown dog that approaches. Then, your child should calmly back away while continuing to face the dog in order to create distance. Your child should never try to run away.
- Teach your children dog attack defense: Your child should know to put anything he or she can between the attacking dog and his or her body. If the dog knocks the child over, teach him or her to cover the face and roll into a ball.
Dog attacks injure countless children every year
Dog attacks injure countless children every year, but if you and your child follow the above advice, you’ll probably prevent such an attack from affecting your family. If a dog attack does happen, you might want to learn about your legal rights and options to pursue a personal injury claim as a dog attack victim.