I just read this great article with tips to avoid having a child bitten by a dog. The article will help families protect their children (not be bitten) and their pups (not be put down). If you have a dog, I suggest that you go over there and read all of the tips, but here are a few that stuck out to me:
- Teach kids to stay out of the dog’s personal space when the dog is eating, sleeping, injured or has puppies.
- Don’t startle or surprise any dog –let the dog know when you are approaching.
- Avoid hugging, kissing or any activity that puts your face in close proximity to the dog’s face.
- Supervise all interactions between dogs and children and be sure that both adult and child know the body signs that indicate fear or anxiety.
- When signs of fear or anxiety are observed, stop interactions between child and dog.
- Provide dogs with a child-free zone in which to retreat—such as a baby-gated room or a kennel or crate.
- Don’t allow children to mistreat the family dog, teach them to interact appropriately.
There is a lot more to the article, so make sure you go ever there and read the whole thing. It keeps our pups safe and our children.