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A Toddler is Seriously Injured by the Family Dog, a Boxer with a Puppy Litter – Part 2

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Photo by S. A. McHugh

Photo by S. A. McHugh

Even the best-behaved dog can bite. Of all the animal bites that are on record every year, dogs are responsible for the majority of them. Children are the victims of dog bites a large percentage of the time. One of the most important ways to avoid dog bites is to teach children about the threat and how to avoid being bitten.

How to Avoid being Bitten by a Dog

Teach children the following important basics which can help prevent dog bites:

  • Never pet a dog you don’t know. Ask the dog’s owner before petting a strange dog.
  • Be very careful to avoid a dog that is in a vehicle, cornered, chained somehow, or behind a fence.
  • Do not play rough with a dog, even your own dog.
  • Never break up a dog fight.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not put your face close to a dog’s face. Most dog bites occur on the lips, cheek, or head.
  • Do not surprise an older dog or one that is blind or deaf.

Know Certain Dog Body Language

There are certain canine behaviors that are reliable in showing that a dog may be uncomfortable or threatened and could very possibly bite, if approached. The following are indications to stay away from a dog, to prevent a dog bite:

  • The body is tensed
  • Stiff tail
  • Yawning
  • Flicking tongue
  • Intense stare
  • Backing away
  • Eyes rolled so that the whites of the eyes are visible
  • Furrowed brow
  • Pulled back ears or head

See Part 1 for more information. In this continuing series, learn tips for surviving a dog attack.

–Guest Contributor

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