The summer is a great time to spend with friends and family, but it can easily become dangerous without the right precautions. One thing you may see more of in the summer is people walking their pets. It’s important to talk to your children about the hazards dogs can become if they’re not approached correctly.
Taking steps to teach your children about the risks of family pets and pets who belong to others can prevent serious injuries. Here are a few tips for preventing dog bites you should make sure they know.
1. Stand still
If you’re approached by an unfamiliar dog or come across someone walking a dog, never run up to it or reach down to pet it without permission. It’s a good idea to allow the dog to approach you, so it makes the decision to say hello. If the dog appears to be aggressive or anxious, stand very still. If you are knocked over, cover your ears and neck with your hands while curling up in a ball to protect yourself if or when the dog bites.
2. Feeding time is not petting time
If you’re watching a dog eat, it might seem like it’s calm and a good time to pet it. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Dogs can be food-aggressive, even with family members. To prevent bites, don’t pet animals or disturb them when they eat.
3. Never run away
If a dog is approaching you and you get scared, it’s a better idea to stand still than to run away. When you run, you become prey to dogs who are on the hunt, which can lead to bites. Even playful dogs can get caught up in the moment if they’re chasing you, and that could be the time when it bites.
These are a few tips for staying safe around dogs this summer. Be calm, cautious and know the rules to prevent bites.