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Child Safety Around Dogs

Have children and considering a dog? These tips may help you prevent your dog from injuring a child:

  • Use caution when bringing a dog into the home of an infant or toddler.
  • Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate in households with children.
  • If your child is apprehensive around dogs, hold off owning one.
  • Many families wait until their child is older than 4 years before bringing a dog into the home.
  • Families with children and dogs should be even more aware that making a dog a member of your family is a significant commitment.

Children and Dogs

  • Children’s natural behaviors–including running, yelling and grabbing–put them at higher risk for dog bites.
  • Do not EVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog, including the family pet.
  • Do not let a child play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Children should first ask their parent for permission to pet someone else’s dog, and then ask the owner for permission as well.
  • Shy or nervous dogs can become even more agitated by children.
  • Teach children from a young age to be careful around pets.
  • Children should know to report a dog bite to an adult immediately.

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