A dog can be a child’s best friend. But, for children comfortable with a family dog, strange dogs can also pose a serious safety threat.
Each year, more children are bitten by dogs than are injured from horseback riding, roller-blading and skateboarding combined. And, surprisingly, children with family dogs are often at the greatest risk, because they assume that every dog will behave like the one at home.
Unfortunately, the dog down the street may not have the same temperament as the family pet, so it’s important that every child be taught how to behave around animals.
The professional trainers at Best Friends Pet Care say that children should learn how to interpret a dog’s behaviors and to know the difference between a play bow and an aggressive stance, between a friendly bark and dangerous growl. They recommend that every child understand the following dog-safety rules:
Dog owners also have a responsibility when it comes to preventing dog bites. Trainers says every dog needs to be taught basic obedience commands, including ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ ‘no’ and ‘come.’
For information on dog training, contact the Best Friends location near you