We are continuing the list of important tips all parents should educate their children about when it comes to dogs. Prevention is key when it comes to escaping a bite. Lots of people tell me that a dog “almost” bit them and if they didn’t pull their hand away they would have gotten bit. While this may seem like the case, its usually not. Dogs are very deliberate with their mouths, if they want to bite you, they will. Most likely the dog was sending out a warning.
Do not bother dogs that are in cars, behind fences or chained.
Dogs that are being restricted are often already over excited and anxious. Barriers can cause frustration, frustration can lead to a bite. Children should know when to approach a dog and when to walk away. Just because a dog looks “cute” or “sad” doesn’t mean that it is.
Most dogs do not like being petted on the top of their head.
Dogs prefer to be pet on their sides and not the top of the head, muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail. In fact children should be taught to never pet a dog who doesn’t initiate contact. Often children will assume that a calm looking dog wants to be touched, encourage children to ask owners before petting a dog who is lying down, cornered in a room or actively trying to get away.
Learn what a safe dog looks like
Using these well researched facts will help you and your loved ones stay safe from a bite.
If a strange dog charges at you: Be a Tree
If a strange dog jumps up on you : Be a Rock
A list of Never’s from Doggone Safe:
- Never stare at a dog in the eyes or put their faces up to a dog’s face.
- Never try to take something away from a dog.
- Never go near a dog who is eating or drinking or chewing on something.
- Never approach a dog that is on a bed or furniture.
- Never approach a dog that is tied up or in a vehicle.
- Never try to pet a dog through a fence or in a crate.
- Never climb over a fence into a dog’s yard, even if the dog is usually friendly.
- Never try to break up a dog fight or interact with dogs that are play fighting.
- Leave dogs alone that are sleeping, resting, injured, very old or with puppies.
- Teach your child about canine body language
- A safe dog is one that has a soft, relaxed, happy face and a wiggly body.
A dangerous dog has his mouth closed or mouth open with tight lips, ears forward, intense look, hard body.