Children & Dog Safety

Proper Interaction Techniques

Teach your children the following basic rules of safety around dogs:
  • Always approach dogs slowly and carefully.
  • Always ask the owner's permission before petting a dog.
  • Always protect your face, neck and arms. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not ever tease a dog.
  • Do not make loud noises around dogs.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
  • If you do not have permission, never enter a yard with a dog in it. Better yet, wait for the owner to enter the yard with you.
  • If you're attacked, give the dog a book or backpack to chew on. Cover your head and neck, and protect your face.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
  • Keep away from stray dogs.
  • Know where the dogs in your neighborhood live.
  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog. Remember that not every dog that wags its tail is friendly.
  • Never leave a baby alone with a dog.
  • Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Never put your face close to a dog.
  • Never put your hand between two dogs.
  • Never reach through a fence to pet a dog.
  • Never run from a dog and scream.
  • Never try to help a hurt dog; get an adult to help.
  • Remain calm and motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (e.g., "be still like a tree").
  • When meeting a new dog, let it come to you and smell you first.