If both children and dogs are taught to respect one another, they can form the best relationships. Children and dogs can be prevented from committing tragedies by proper training and management. Both the child and the dog are responsible for the bites. Even if the dog does not inflict any physical injuries, it can still cause emotional trauma to the child. A shelter may be able to take the dog in, or it could end up being destroyed as a safety precaution. What should my child know in order to avoid dog bites?
- Teach your children not to tease, or throw objects at dogs. Teach your children to be gentle and calm with dogs they don’t yet know.
- Your children should be taught how to properly pet a dog. Also, they should not allow stranger dogs to touch their skin without permission. It can cause pain for the dog to tug on the ears or tail of a dog and may even lead them to bite. Children should not hug dogs, even dogs they don’t know. This type of “confinement”, which is a physical and emotional punishment for dogs, can cause fear in the dog. It can also make the dog feel uncomfortable.
- Your children should not run, jump, or shout around unfamiliar dogs, as you may not be aware of the dangers that could cause fear or predatory behavior.
- When interacting with a dog, remind your children to not stare at it. Children often look at dogs the same size as dogs. They may also stare at dogs’ eyes, even though they don’t mean to.
- Your children should not wake a sleeping dog. Dogs may react defensively if they are startled.
- Your children should not climb on any dog, even your family dog. While it may seem safe for your dog, children might try to climb on another dog.
- Your children should not take food from a dog’s mouth. Your dog might not be able to guard food or toys, but another dog could. It is safer for children to tell their dogs to stay away from other dogs during meals or when they are eating treats. Your child shouldn’t take toys from a stranger dog.
What should my dog know?
- Your puppy or dog should be socialized with children. If your dog or puppy is playing with children, stop it.
- Begin by examining all parts of your dog’s body. You can go to the area that your dog likes to touch if he objects to it. Begin to touch him in the area he likes, and then go back to talking to him. If he doesn’t respond, praise him and continue to do so until he is comfortable with touching everything. If necessary, you can give treats along with praise.
What should I know?
- Your entire family should attend training classes together with your dog. Every member of your family should be able to understand acceptable dog behavior.
- Do not stare at a dog’s eyes as this could be dangerous.
- You should be careful around children of other people. Your dog doesn’t know them and so you don’t know how they will react.
- If your dog suddenly becomes more aggressive or irritable, it is best to have him checked by a veterinarian. Your dog may be in pain or have a sudden change in behavior that is not normal.
If your dog is aggressive towards children, you must take care of her. Do not allow your dog to bite children. Children and dogs will have a great, safe, and fun relationship if you teach them how to interact.