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Preventing Dog Bites to Children (Part 8 of 12)

Preventing Dog Bites to Children (Part 8 of 12)
Every year, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. Sadly, bites often happen to children.  While many dogs avoid aggressive behavior and pose low risks for biting, it is important to remember that any dog, regardless of age, breed or history, has the ability and the potential to bite.  Fortunately, dog bites can be both prevented and avoided.  Here are some tips to help your children stay safe around man’s best friend.

7.  Teach them to ask an owner's permission before petting an unknown dog.  If the dog appears frightened or overly excited, don't be shy about vetoing the owner's decision.  A dog that is barking, jumping, or pulling at his leash is not under his owner's control!  While these dogs may not bite out of fear or aggression, they can still cause injury to a child by knocking her down or giving a "play bite".  If this dog does not respect his owner, he is not likely to respect your child.  It is best to politely remove yourself and your child from these situations.


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