A child and his or her dog can form an incredible bond. Dogs help children to learn about empathy and companionship, and there is scientific evidence that living with dogs provides health benefits as well.
This week is Dog Bite Prevention Week
Each year, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, and about 800,000 of them receive medical attention for those bites.
Children are the most common victims, and they’re usually bitten by familiar dogs.
The elderly, and postal workers are also at high risk of dog bites.
It’s important to remember that any dog can bite. Always monitor your children around your dogs, and teach them to ask other dog owners for permission before approaching a strange dog. Explain to them that dogs often don’t like being hugged, and that children should never take food or toys away from dogs.
Socialize your dog so that it is confident around people. It’s ideal to socialize dogs as puppies, but it’s never too late to improve socialization skills