Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet
Teaching children the do's and don'ts regarding
animals is among one of the most important lessons you'll ever teach them.
Animals are everywhere and though many are domesticated, this does not
automatically make them safe. For example, in the U.S. alone, 1-2 million dog
bites occur annually.
Today many homes are raising children along with
the family dog. Naturally kids delight in hugging, petting, and playing with
their pets. But unfortunately, many children grow up believing that all dogs are
gentle and friendly like their pets, and commonly fall victim to a dog attack,
simply because they'd never been taught when it's not okay to approach a dog.
Start teaching your children the following safety
guidelines regarding dogs when they are quite young, and continue reinforcing
these precautions frequently.
- Never run up to a dog.
- Never attempt to touch a neighbor's dog
through a fence.
- Never touch a dog that is growling, showing
his teeth, or barking hysterically.
- Young children must never approach dogs
without a grown-up's supervision.
- Always hold your hand out first and allow the
dog to sniff your hand.
- Never grab at a dog.
- Don't approach a dog that is a watch dog
protecting his property.
- Never attempt to touch a dog that is eating or
in possession of a bone or a treat of some sort.
- Never hurt the animal by pulling it's tail or
fur for example.
- If the dog is leashed, ask the dog's owner
permission to pet the dog first.
- Keep your face away from the dog's, when
approaching or playing with them.
- Don't make loud noises or sudden moves when
approaching a dog. Speak softly to it.
- If a dog is chasing you, stop running, as this
encourages him to chase you.
- Avoid eye contact with an aggressive dog, and
back off slowly and non-threateningly.
- Do not touch, or attempt to touch, the