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Keeping Children Safe From Dog Bites

Protecting children is a priority for most parents. There are many ways in which a child could be injured including being on the receiving end of a dog bite. While this can, of course, happen to anyone, children in particular are prone to being hurt in this manner. There are a variety of reasons for this including the fact that children usually:

  • Are loud
  • Are active
  • Have high pitched voices

These factors can make some dogs agitated and more likely to attack.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help reduce the risk of this occurring. The first is to teach a child to let the dog smell his or her hand before trying to pet it. Second, teach the child to avoiding petting the dog on the top of the head. Instead they should pet it under the chin. In addition, children should not back a dog into the corner, lunge at it or put their face near the dog’s.

Teaching kids to identify the signs of a dog that is not comfortable is also a good idea. One sign is if it is yawing and licking its lips. A slowly wagging or erect tail could also be an indicator, as is a tense body.

When a child is injured after being attacked by a dog it is possible that negligence on the part of its owner could be to blame. In those situations it is possible that the child’s parents could decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner. When injuries are serious and result in great expense to the person who was hurt, anything recovered in a successful lawsuit could be of great help.