But what does it take to prevent dog bites from happening, and is it possible?
Being a parent of both pets and hu-kids, I have learned to pick up on the subtle signs my dogs may be showing me when they begin to feel anxious or annoyed by my children. Today I would like to share some tips on helping your kids prevent dog bites – not just your own dogs, but dogs your children may encounter while outside playing or what have you.
2. Do not allow your children to interact with the dog while they are eating or chewing a bone.
3. Your children should be taught that if the family dog is asleep, he/she needs to be left alone.
4. It is important for your child to understand it may not be safe to pet a dog who they are not familiar with. (ie: While outside playing or going for a walk, do not walk up to someone who is out walking their dog, and just start petting that dog.) Permission needs to be granted by the dogs owner, as well as the child’s parents. Should permission be granted, the child should be taught how to properly approach a dog on a leash.
5. Children should be taught to respect a dog’s space.
The cold hard fact is that any dog can bite. A random dog, your neighbors dog, the family dog, any dog! As much as I know in my heart that my huskies would not bite my kids, the truth of it is, it could happen. Dogs can’t tell us when they are being bothered, or having a bad day, which reinforces what I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
It is incredibly important to learn how to read your dog’s behavior, and equally as important to teach kids and family members to learn the behavior as well, to prevent dog bites from happening.
So this week , take the time to sit down with your family/children and talk to them about respect and prevention when it comes to pets.
Have you talked to your kids about dog bite prevention? Share with us in the comments!
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.