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Reasons to Teach Your Child Dog Safety

Published on June 7th, 2012

Even if your child loves dogs, he or she may not know how to act properly around them to stay safe. Dog bites can be serious injuries that lead to permanent scarring, health complications, and even fatality. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should take the time to teach your child about dog safety:

  • Help establish good relationships with family pets. If you own a well-behaved dog, don’t simply assume that it is safe around children. Even the most docile family pet can attack if provoked. Teaching your child dog safety will help keep your dog and your child on good terms. Dogs often have trouble with small children who are approximately their size, because they may not be able to determine who should be dominant. Help your child establish a respectful relationship with your dog to keep your home safe.
  • Keep your child safe around strange dogs. While walking home from school or around the neighborhood, your child may encounter a strange dog at a neighbor’s house or on the street. In this situation, it is vital that your child knows what to do to stay safe around strange dogs. Teach your child to ask a dog’s owner for permission before petting and explain how your child should react to unattended dogs.
  • Avoid injury and infection. Dog bites can cause serious injuries, especially to small children. Children’s faces are close to the same level as dogs’ faces, making them more likely to sustain bites in the head and neck. Bites in these areas can lead to permanent and visible scarring, severe infection, and emotional damage. Teaching your child how to act respectfully and safely around dogs will keep him or her safe.

If you or your child have been bitten or attacked by another person’s dog, you deserve compensation for physical and emotional injuries. To discuss your case in the Chicago area, call (773) 365-0040 to reach the experienced dog bite attorneys at Shea Law Group. With more than 60 years of combined experience, our team can help you file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your suffering.


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