Chances are you’ve seen or heard of recent animal interactions gone violent, such as this Huffington Post story of a man who messed with the wrong squirrel. Maybe you’ve seen this CBS News story of the heroic cat stepping in to stop the violent dog attack on a young boy. Sometimes stories like this can be a great opportunity to talk with your kids about safety around animals. Some 400,000+ dog bites each year occur with kids ages five to nine.
With that in mind, here are a few thoughts that may help you converse with your children.
Tips For Kids Safety Around Animals
- Don’t provoke (or abuse) pets or any animals you come in contact.
- Don’t try to pet a dog or cat that is eating or sleeping.
- Stay away from stray dogs and cats or any other neighborhood animal.
- Even kittens or puppies can be dangerous to pet when their mother is nearby.
- Is that dog behind the fence? Don’t reach through to pet it.
- Just because a dog is wagging its tail does not mean it’s friendly. Sometimes dogs that are about to attack are known to wag their tails.
What To Do (And Not To Do) When A Dog Attacks
- Don’t run! Running will encourage the attack.
- Don’t scream! Screaming also encourages the attack.
- Do slowly back away and avoid eye contact.
- Do turn your back and stand straight and still if the dog continues to follow.
- Do curl up in a ball and use your arms to cover and protect your face if the dog actually pushes you down.
- Do dismount your bike if the pedals and wheel spokes cause the dog to chase and become aggressive.
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