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Old 10-04-2006, 08:34 AM   #16
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Re: This is why I refuse to let dogs around my child!!!

This is good information to teach our kids

PARENTS

Consider the selection of any dog carefully. Speak with a professional to make an informed decision. Ask questions about the dog's background. Involve the family in the selection; be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog (if so, delay getting the dog). Spend time with a dog before bringing it into your home. Use caution about bringing a dog or puppy into the home of an infant or toddler.

Dogs should be sterilized to reduce aggressive tendencies. Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog. Make certain that any dog entering the household receives proper training and socialization. Try to teach submissive behaviors such as rolling over to show stomach and taking food away without growling. Dogs with prior histories of aggression should not be considered appropriate for families with children.
Teach children basic safety around dogs and review these ideas regularly. If your dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors, seek professional help immediately. Don't play aggressive games with your dog such as wrestling and "siccing."

CHILDREN

Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
Never run from a dog and scream.
Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
Don't disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
Don't pet a dog without letting it see and sniff you first.
Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
If knocked over by a dog, lie still and remain in a ball.
If bitten, report the bite to an adult immediately.

The authors add in conclusion that "it is important to recognized that most of the 52 million dogs in this country never bite or kill anyone. However, the problems caused by the highly visible minority of animals and their owners have far-reaching consequences."

http://www.idir.net/~wolf2dog/FatalDogAttacks.htm
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