Teach your kids about dog safety

Teach your kids about animal safety

Approximately 350,000 people end up in emergency rooms every year from dog bites in the United States – and children under the age of five are the most at risk.

More often than not, the child has been bitten by the family dog or one owned by a relative or close friend. The good news is that most of these situations can be prevented with the right precautions.

What to teach the kids

Here are some essential safety tips to avoid a trip to the ER:

  1. Make sure your child knows that if a strange dog approaches them, they shouldn’t scream, yell or run away, but rather stand still, look at the ground and avoid eye contact with the dog.
  2. Always supervise children around animals, no matter how docile the animal seems.
  3. Tell your children not to approach a strange animal or unfamiliar pet. Not all animals are comfortable being pet, and some may snap if they feel threatened.
  4. Teach your child to be gentle and respectful of all animals.
  5. Ensure kids know never to approach an animal or pet which is eating, sleeping or looking after babies.
About Kristen West

Kristen started Gusto Dogs in Austin after running a pet sitting and walking business for two years in Sydney, Australia. After discovering that the dogs benefited much more from incorporating enrichment into their daily walks, Kristen decided to make it a part of every Gusto dog walk with the aim to provide a more fulfilling experience for Austin's dogs and their owners.