As a dog trainer, I take all dog bites very seriously. I want to share some important safety tips to safeguard yourself, your children, and your pets from a dog attack.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that required medical attention.
RULES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
- Teach children to "always ask before petting" a strange dog
- Teach children how to pet gently, I recommend under the chin, not on top of the head
- No more than 2 children at a time should be petting a dog, more than that a dog can get stressed and overwhelmed
- A child or adult should never shove their face into a dog's face to say "Hello" and trust me this happens way to often
Please teach children NOT to do this, and it starts with their own dog
A child that is allowed to do this to their own dog (no matter how friendly) assumes it is acceptable with all dogs
- Children should never ever wrestle, taunt, tease, or rough house with a dog
Read the DO's and DON'TS on Victoria's blog on Smart Living Network:
Victoria is a blogger for Smart Living Network, and is the owner of Good Little Dog. If you are interested in adopting the dog on today's segment visit West Michigan Humane Society at www.hswestmi.org