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.