When Dogs Attack, Children Are Often The Victims
Although the dog is frequently referred to as “man’s best friend,” the fact remains that dogs are animals, and animals can be unpredictable no matter how well they’ve been trained. Any dog can attack, and unfortunately, children are often the victim. It’s unclear why dogs tend to strike children more than adults — it’s likely a combination of factors, such as their smaller stature or their inability to read a dog’s warning cues. Regardless, it’s essential that you teach your child safety around dogs, especially dogs they don’t know, to prevent an attack. Here’s what your child should know.
Don’t Approach Strange Dogs
A child should never approach a dog they don’t know. Let your children know to give unknown dogs a wide berth.
Ask Owners Permission To Pet A Dog
If a child does come into contact with a seemingly friendly dog, teach your child always to ask permission of the dog’s owner before they pet the dog. Dogs may seem friendly but can turn aggressive quickly.
Don’t Chase Dogs, Pull At Their Fur, Or Pull Their Tail
Even friendly dogs won’t respond well to being chased or if their tail or fur is being pulled. Let your children know to treat dogs gently and to leave them alone if they run away or go to their crate.
Leave A Dog Alone When Eating Or Asleep
Children should never approach a dog who is asleep or who is eating. Teach your child that these are “hands-off” times and under no circumstances should they touch a dog who is eating or sleeping.
Know When A Dog Is Saying They Want To Be Left Alone
Teach your child, in terms they can understand when a dog is showing body language that they want to be left alone. For example, their ears may be folded back, or the dog may be showing its teeth. Show your child pictures of happy dogs and aggressive dogs to help them learn the difference.
Walk Away Quietly If Confronted by An Aggressive Dog
If a dog does become aggressive, let your child know that he or she should walk away calmly and confidently. They should not turn their back on the dog but instead walk backward, looking down at the ground and not making eye contact with the dog. Even though the dog may growl or bark, it’s vital that your child remain calm.
When To Contact An Attorney
If despite your best efforts your child has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you may be eligible for compensation for your child’s medical bills and suffering. Contact Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today for a consultation at (530) 895-1234.