Keeping your kids safe can be a parent’s primary responsibility. That means not only safeguarding them and also teaching them the best way to behave and the way to never behave around animals.
The most dog-related injuries and attacks exist in someone’s home. And the tastes those attacks involve children including infancy to age 9. You need to know how you can protect your children out there risks, whether you own a puppy or not.
Because youngsters are vulnerable, too small and weak to defend themselves, and do not understand the best way to behave appropriately and safely around dogs, they should be taught how to behave when a dog is present. For example, children might think it’s really a game to pull a puppy’s ears, hit your dog open-handed or which has a fist, or permit your dog to snatch food off their hands. It is important for each parent to identify and get away from situations that present higher risks, and also teach their children how to treat animals safely and gently.
Never leave an infant or toddler unattended with any dog, it doesn’t matter how docile you think that the pet might be. A toddler, unsteady on its feet, for instance, might fall backwards on the dog or grab onto its face or ears for balance. A startled dog might snap reactively, specifically if the primary owner is just not in sight.
Never permit your small children to secure a dog unless supervised. Dogs can be very possessive regarding their food and if a young child is handling their dish instead of the primary owner who customarily feeds your dog, your dog might imagine the little one is definitely upsetting his food and defend it by attacking.
Never let a child walk a puppy unless supervised. They not have the strength to manage your pet dog when it pulls, and when it engages another animal or person in panic or anxiety attack for any reason, the child might make an effort to intervene and get injured.
Never allow a young child to discipline your dog. Discipline should basically be administered through the adult who is your dog’s owner, as he/she will be the ‘top dog’ inside the pecking order as much as your dog is involved. Until a dog is taught to accept orders from an older child by that primary owner, your dog won’t necessarily feel he or she must take orders from someone else and may even rebel.
Never let your sons or daughters grab or yank on a dog’s collar, or embark on any rough play. A dog’s basic instinct is always to snap if annoyed or startled and the kid could get injured.
In a recent study, children aged 0 to 9 represented the greatest number of victims in dog-related injuries.1 Most often those injuries were head injuries requiring hospitalization.
Age group# victims% of group
Any dog, sufficiently provoked, may attack. This behavior is not limited to breeds commonly thought to be high risk; neither would it be tied to dogs who regularly exhibit aggressive behavior, although that raises the reality. A dominant dog may attack when it thinks someone is on its way between it and its particular food, particularly when in the own territory.
To protect your loved ones, especially your young ones, make them learn to follow these basic rules when dealing with any dog:
1.Never pet or touch a puppy you don’t know, even if the owner perhaps there is.
2.Do not touch any dog while it’s eating or sleeping.
3.If a dog chases you while riding your bike, immediately stop your bike and stand still.
4.Never enter someone else’s property where your pet dog lives to retrieve a ball or toy, although you may know the dog.
5.Do not approach your dog with puppies.
6.Never go near your pet dog that’s been tangled up.
7.Never yank or even touch a dog’s tail or ears, in case you realize it.
8.Never bait or tease a puppy, or anger it.
9.If your dog runs toward you while barking, freeze and cover that person together with your hands.
10.If a puppy runs at you and knocks you down, roll right into a ball and cover the face using your arms, and freeze-don’t move a muscle and never attempt to get to you.
A dog attack can be a frightening experience, often creating a lifelong fear inside victim. Learn and follow the following tips, and teach them to your children, and you should reduce the chance of ever facing this kind of experience. You’ll be glad you did.
1 ‘Dog-related injuries’ study, September 2005, Australia Institute of Health and Welfare, Flinders University, South Australia