All parents fear their children being bitten by a dog so today we are going to offer a few tips to help you prevent a dog biting your child. In America there are estimates that the number of people bitten by a dog runs as high as slightly less than five million annually. Of this number the percentage of those bitten who are children is again estimated to be at least half the five million total. Approximately 775,000 of these dog bites require medical attention. Knowing how to prevent a dog biting your child is important for dog owners and non-dog owners alike, so read on for a few tips to help prevent this happening to your child.
It is important to understand the fact that if a dog is so vicious that they mean to harm a child (eg, part of a wild dog pack) there are few options unless you are armed, and prepared to defend yourself against the dog. As this is not a practical or normal situation, the first thing to do to prevent a dog biting your child is teach your child to never approach a strange dog when they are at the playground, playing in your neighborhood, basically any time you are not right there with them.
Even when you are hand and hand with your child a dog can very quickly bite, so if a dog comes up to you move the child behind you and never turn and flee. Many dogs will instinctively chase someone running away from them so teach your child not to do this. Stand your ground and speak firmly to the dog while maintaining eye contact with the dog. Most dogs are going to feel intimidated by this and back away.
Instruct your child to never mess with a dog while he or she is eating, never rush up on a sleeping dog startling the dog, and even a family pet that has puppies will lash out at anyone who makes sudden movements towards the pups.
If there is an incident where a dog does come at you and your child with the obvious intent of attacking, use anything you have such as your purse, jacket, cap, or bike if you are riding as an obstacle between you and the dog. I would suggest carrying a can of pepper spray or mace as one of the most effective methods for scaring the dog away.
With prior thought you can be prepared and also prepare your child with the knowledge so there is hopefully not a need to prevent a dog biting your child.
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