While we consider dog to be man's best friend, it's important to remember that dogs are not four-legged humans. Their methods of communication are different than ours -- and especially of our children's.
Dogs speak mainly through body language, which can be oftentimes overlooked or misunderstood by our youngest family members. It's important that we talk with our youngsters and make sure they understand these movements and what they mean. Misunderstandings can lead to accidents, injuries and even fatalities.
Our Greensboro dog bite injury attorneys understand it's important that our children understand how a pups thinks, how they're provoked and how to stay safe around them. One of the best ways you can do this is to set a good example. Many times, children with mimic how their parents act with dogs, just as they mimic everything around them.
He are some simple safety tips for your child:
-Never leave your child alone with a dog. Always make sure they're properly supervised. Supervision means being watched, not just standing in the same room.
-Make sure children know never to approach a dog that they do not know.
-Make sure there is somewhere your dog can go to get away from your child. This can help to relieve tension.
-Make sure children don't play with dogs while they're sleeping, eating or nursing.
-Before playing with a dog, make sure that you allow them to sniff you. This is how dogs get acquainted with who you are.
-Don't expect children under the age of 6 to be responsible for a pet or to have a full understanding of the risks involved in handling a dog.
According to the American Humane Association, there are more than 4.5 million dog bites that happen every year in the U.S. Close to 1 million of those bites require medical care. More than 90 percent of fatal dog bite accidents involve male dogs, close to 95 percent of them which weren't neutered. About 25 percent of all fatal dog bite attacks involve dogs that were chained at the time of the attack. More than 70 percent of these bites happen to a victim's extremities, like the hands, feet, legs and arms. In a good majority of all recorded dog bite accidents, the victim was bitten on their own property and even knew the dog that bit them.
These aren't cheap accidents either. According to the most recent statistics, the insurance industry dishes our more than $1 billion in these kinds of claims each and every year.
What's worse is that about half of all of the recorded accidents occurred to those who were under the age of 12. More than 80 percent of the dog bites that were treated in the emergency room were for children under the age of 15. Of all the reported fatalities from these incidents, about 70 percent were children under the age of 10.
Make sure you're keeping the conversation going about dog safety with your children. Make sure they understand how dogs act and what their movements mean. Understanding is the key factor in helping to prevent these attacks.