Safety Tips to Prevent Dog Bites to Children

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Most of the time, dogs are man’s best friend, but sometimes dogs bite. Unfortunately, children tend to be the most vulnerable and easily injured victims.

To prevent your own dog from harming children, you should always socialize puppies so that they become comfortable with other people and animals early on.

If you want to prevent your child from dog bite injuries, whether from a household pet or someone else’s animal, it’s important to teach your child never to do the following:

  • Stare into a dog’s eyes
  • Tease a dog or engage in aggressive play
  • Approach a dog that is chained up or injured
  • Touch an unknown dog that is not on a leash
  • Play with a dog while it is feeding
  • Touch a dog that is sleeping  
  • Run or scream if a dog charges

Instead, teach your child to always follow basic safety guidelines for approaching and interacting with these animals such as:

  • Getting permission from a dog’s owner before petting it
  • Allowing a dog to sniff his or her closed fist before touching it
  • Staying still if a dog charges

Teaching your children to respect your pets and other people’s pets will help keep everyone safe. Unfortunately though, even if your child follows all of these safety guidelines, there is still a chance an injury or attack can still occur.

If your child has suffered from a dog bite or attack, you may be entitled to legal compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact our Seattle dog bite lawyers at (206) 622-1100 today.