Though people of all ages may get bitten by a dog, children between the ages of five and six are the most frequent victims. In order to prevent your child from suffering a terrible dog bite, you should follow these safety tips:
- Know how to approach a dog for the first time
Since dogs are easily excitable when they see new people, it’s important that you teach your child how to properly interact with new dogs. Instead of having your child run up to a strange dog, teach your child to slowly approach the dog so as not to startle it. You should also teach your child to stay away from dogs that are not on leashes, as they could be dangerous.
- Don’t pet unknown dogs
Most children are enamored with dogs and try to pet them at every opportunity. However, allowing your child to pet a strange dog could result in a nasty bite. In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room, teach your child to politely ask the dog’s owner if he may pet the dog. It also helps to teach your child how to pet a dog softly and in the right direction.
- Know how to behave properly
To ensure that your child stays safe while interacting with dogs, it’s also important that you teach him or her proper etiquette. For example, it’s generally a bad idea to bother dogs while they’re eating, sleeping or taking care of puppies. Also, running from a dog may cause substantial injuries, as a dog’s instinct is to chase.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to protect your child from dogs at all times, even after going over proper etiquette. If your child suffers a dog bite, contact Shea Law Group—you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner and receive compensation for your child’s medical bills. Call us at (773) 365-0040 to learn more.
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