Children and dogs - their relationship can not always be smooth. In England in 2006-2007, more than 900 children under 9 years old were taken to hospitals after injuries sustained from dog bites.
Although cases of murder or serious mutilation by dogs are quite rare, it will be prudent to develop ways to prevent and protect children.
In addition to monitoring the communication of the child with the dog, it is necessary to explain to him the following things :
- The dog should be stroked gently, on the head or back, without clamping the neck.
- Do not look the dog directly in the eyes, it can regard it as a threat.
- Do not run or scream in front of a dog.
- Do not approach the dog when it eats or sleeps.
- Treat the dog with respect.
To minimize the likelihood of your dog's aggression:
- Find out what breeds of dogs are suitable for keeping close to children.
- Buy a dog from a reputable breeder.
- Write down the dog for training and teach the behavior with the children.
- Make sure that your dog has a secluded place, where it can hide from children.
- Do not let the dog play rough games with adults, which can harm if they are played by a child.
Newborn children and dogs
If you already have a dog and you expect a child, you need to take precautions to make sure that the jealousy of the dog does not cause aggression:
- Change the daily routine of the dog before the arrival of the child so that she has time to get used to the new regime. For example, you can change the time or duration of walks.
- Encourage the dog not to enter the room, in case the child is sleeping there.
- Check the reaction of the dog to the doll, wrapped from the diaper, which you pay much attention to.
- During the first hours after the appearance of the baby's house, do not let the dog come to him. Then run it into the room, holding it by the leash.
Children and dogs outside the home
Many parents are well aware of the alarming state when an unfamiliar dog looms ahead, especially if it is large and noisy.
Make sure that in any case, when meeting a dog, your child:
- Asks the permission of the owner, before stroking the dog
- Allows the dog to first sniff it
- Do not run and do not scream, even if he was scared. Instead, he must stop, take his hands off and behave silently.
- Do not look the dog in the eye, do not take her toys and put nothing in front of her face.
If the dog has bitten your child:
- Rinse the wound with running water as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of infection.
- Apply a sterile bandage.
- Stop bleeding by clenching the wound. If it does not work, contact your nurse or doctor.
- The bite of a stray dog can lead to infection with rabies. In this case, consult a doctor immediately.
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