Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient Handout
Dog Bites: How to Teach Your Children to Be Safe
Most dogs will never bite anyone. However, any dog may bite if it feels threatened. Children are the most common victims of dog bites. Infants and young children should never be left alone with a dog. This handout tells you how to teach your children to avoid getting bitten.
What should I do if I want a dog for a pet?
Take time to learn about the breed of dog you want. To learn about dog breeds, talk with a veterinarian, read books about dogs and search the Internet. Don’t get a dog only because of the way it looks. If you have an infant or young child, think about getting a puppy. Be especially careful if you have a baby in your house. Aggressive dog breeds aren’t right for families with children. Neutered male dogs are generally less aggressive.
Consider taking your new dog to obedience school. Keep your dog’s immunizations up to date. Have your dog checked regularly by a veterinarian.
What do I tell my children about dogs?
What should I tell my children to do when a dog approaches them?
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A dog is a wonderful addition to a family, but it can be a problem if you aren’t careful. Always talk to children about how they should act when they’re with a dog. Remember that dogs can feel threatened by new surroundings or strangers.