Dog Bite Prevention
Victims of severe dog-bite injuries are almost exclusively less than 10 years old. Dogs bite almost 5 million people each year in the U.S. The face is the most frequent target.
Safety around dogs
- Kids less than 6 years of age are at a higher risk for injuries because of their size
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog
Teach your child these rules:
- Never disturb a dog if it’s eating, sleeping or caring for puppies
- Never tease a dog
- Always ask a dog’s owner if it is OK to pet the dog
- Don’t run past a dog
Teach your child what to do if a dog scares her:
- Don’t run away. Remain calm.
- Act like a tree: stand still, feet together, fists under your chin and elbows into the chest.
- If you are knocked down, act like a log: lie still, face down, legs together, with your hands over your head and neck.