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Teach Your Child To Avoid Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Not every pest problem is some strange insect or unknown animal. Sometimes our animal friends such as dogs become pests. And when that happens you and your children need to be prepared. Here are some suggestions on how your children can avoid dog bites and dog attacks.

While parents cannot control every event, there are measures and precautions you can take to help your child avoid a dog bite. Teaching your child prevention techniques may save him/her from a traumatic attack. For example, children often become excited and rambunctious around dogs, running around and hugging the animal. This can make dogs nervous and cause them to lash out in a violent manner. Teach your child to behave in a more subdued and calm manner around dogs, as this will help calm the animal's nerves and instinctual responses.

Also, make sure your child always asks the dog's guardian for permission before petting the animal. Teach your child to then approach the dog slowly and let the animal sniff him/her before petting it. In addition, teach your child how to properly pet a dog. Most dogs prefer to be petted gently on their backs and sides and can become anxious, confused or angry when a child is petting wildly.

It is important to know the behavioral instincts of dogs to help prevent attacks. Dogs are naturally protective of property and their owners. Therefore, teach your child not to pet a dog that is playing with a toy, as the dog may think the child is trying to take the toy away.

Dogs, even the family pet, are also very protective of their food. Do not let your children interfere with a dog that is eating. If your family dog growls at you or your child when it is eating from its dog bowl - take its warning seriously and leave the dog alone.

Likewise, your child should know not to pet a dog that is behind a fence, because the dog may become protective of its property and lash out. Dogs can also become protective of their space when riding in vehicles, so children should also be careful about petting animals in someone else's car.

While children most often interact with family's and neighbors' pet dogs, they may encounter stray dogs. As such, it is important to teach them a few basic techniques to avoid provoking an attack.

First, they should know to never make direct eye contact with the animal. The dog make take such eye contact as a territorial challenge. Teach your child to come to a standstill, if a strange dog approaches. Never run away from a dog! Dogs, by nature, are geared to chase and attack running prey. Rather, teach your child to back away slowly from the animal and avoid sudden movements. Your child should move with confidence, but away from the animal stranger.

Of course, not all dog bites and attacks can be avoided. Even if you and your children take every precaution around dogs, some animals will still attack. In the event of an animal attack, seek medical attention immediately, especially if the dog is a stray. Even wounds that seem minor can easily become infected, if not properly treated.

About the Author:  Kenneth L. Christensen founded The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, a personal injury law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in car accident, dog bites, wrongful death and serious injury cases. Learn more about Mr. Christensen at For more information on Utah dog bites, visit

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BBMP says it can't prevent dog-bites
The Hindu
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)has expressed its inability to prevent dog bites in the city, and informed the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights that its 'hands are tied'.


Meet the virtual pooch that could help prevent dog bites
Science Daily
As part of a desire to better educate children and adults about dog bite prevention, Dogs Trust wanted to explore whether a digital tool could help people identify a range of stress and threat behaviours typically exhibited by dogs, which have the ...
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Times of India

Dog bites: Our hands are tied, says BBMP
Times of India
BENGALURU: While reiterating that it has been taking necessary precautions, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) conceded to the Karnataka Child Rights Commission that its “hands are tied” when it comes to the increasing number of dog bite ...

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This Virtual Reality Dog Could Prevent Dog Bites
It's a fact that all dogs are good dogs, but communication between humans and canines isn't always smooth. Dogs bite sometimes—especially when they're scared, hurt, or anxious. In almost all cases, dogs take great pains to warn humans when they're ...


How to prevent dog bites after 5-year-old attacked by neighbor's dog
ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (WNDU)- The La Porte County Animal Control office is looking into a dog attack case involving a Pit Bull that left a five-year-old girl severely injured earlier this week. The attack happened Monday around 8 a.m. CST in the 3000 ...


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Sussex Express

Action proposed to stop deadly dog attacks on sheep at Telscombe Tye
Sussex Express
Options to stop dog attacks on sheep at Telscombe Tye are due to be put to the public. The area has grazing rights for a number of sheep and Telscombe Town Council own and manage a community flock of 100 ewes.


The University Of Liverpool Have Developed A VR Experience To Help Prevent Dog Bites
In 2013 there were a recorded 6,740 hospital admissions for dog bites and strikes which has inspired a team at the University of Liverpool to create a new virtual reality (VR) experience to educate the public on this matter. Designed and developed to ...

Riverfront Times (blog)

Maryland Heights Police Dog Mauls Woman After Traffic Stop for Tinted Windows
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Workman says, however, that the initial traffic stop didn't involve a police dog until the officer smelled marijuana in the car. That — along with what he characterizes as the "subsequent lack of cooperation" by Moore and a female passenger — led the ...

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Baltimore Sun

Columbia dog mauling case highlights lack of standards for animals up for adoption, some experts say
Baltimore Sun
State officials couldn't immediately say how many people in the state have died from dog attacks, though experts believe fatal attacks are rare and even bites are relatively uncommon, considering there are approximately 78 million pet dogs nationally.

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