Play It Safe with Dogs
By: APA Adoption Center | January 14, 2015
How to Stay Safe Around Dogs
Did you know about five million people each year are bitten by dogs? Kids are more likely to be bitten than adults and most of the dog bites are from the family dog.
But the good news is that most dog bites can be prevented.
Can I Have Your Attention Please?
Dogs are meant to be part of the family. They need lots of attention, just like we do. If you spend time playing with your dog, taking him for walks and teaching him new tricks, he will be better behaved.
Also, taking your dog to obedience school will do wonders. Teaching him the basics (sit, down, stay, and drop it) will help him be less likely to bite or be aggressive.
Don’t leave him outside or in a different part of the house and never leave your dog tied or chained outside for long periods of time.
What’s Up Doc?
Just like us, dogs need to see the doctor every year. They need check-ups and shots too. Also, have your dog spayed or neutered. Dogs who get the right medical care are less likely to be injured or sick and the chances of biting are decreased.
Do’s and Don’ts of Bite Prevention
Now you know what it takes to raise your dog responsibly, but how should you behave around your dog and other dogs? Don’t go near a dog who is sleeping, chewing something or eating. Never run up to any dog. Don’t pet or play rough with any dog. Always ask permission before petting someone else’s dog.
But, what if you follow the rules and a dog still threatens you? Pretend you are a tree. Stand very still with your arms at your sides. Look straight ahead, not at the dog. Most times, the dog will sniff you and leave. Don’t run – he will chase you. If the dog knocks you down, curl up in a ball and cover your ears like you do during a tornado drill.
If you are responsible and treat dogs with kindness and respect, you can stay safe around dogs. Plus, you will have a loyal and loving companion to share your life with. What more could a kid need?
Even though they can’t talk, dogs and cats can tell us their feelings. Click here to see how the way they act and look can help you understand if they’re friendly, angry or scared.