Parent’s Guide to Preventing Dog Bites

Help Protect Your Loved Ones from Dog Bite-Related Injuries!

Nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. Yet dog bites are often preventable, and adults and children can take simple precautions that will greatly reduce their chances of being bitten..

Choose The Right Dog for Your Family

Not every dog has the right temperament for children— especially young children under the age of six. A great deal of time and thought should be taken before bringing a dog into a household with children. 

  • Consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for your household. Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children.
  • Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog. If a child seems frightened by dogs, wait before bringing a dog into your household.
  • Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Always use caution when bringing a dog into a household with an infant or toddler. 

Once Home, Take Appropriate Precautions

  • Spay/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies).
  • Never leave an infant or young child alone with a dog.
  • Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling).
  • Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible breeders) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors. 

These are just a few things you can do to protect your family from dog bite-related injuries. Please visit Montlick.com or HelpKeepKidsSafe.org and click on “Family Safety and Legal Tips,” to see our latest safety videos and downloadable materials, and to register for Free Safety Alerts. 

Teach Your Children Basic Dog Safety 

Children should know and follow these safe practices:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not run from a dog or scream.
  • Remain motionless (“be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (“be still like a log”).
  • Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report to an adult any stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first. 

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Caution

If a Dog Bites— Treating the Wound (from CDC)

  1. Call 911 if emergency help is needed.
  2. Before treating the bite wound, wash hands thoroughly.
  3. Apply direct pressure with a clean towel to stop any bleeding.
  4. After bleeding has stopped, gently flood wound with clean running or bottled water (if available, sterile saline solution is preferred).
  5. Gently clean around the wound with soap and water.
  6. Pat dry and apply an adhesive bandage or dry clean cloth.
  7. Leave unclean bites open. Bite wounds that are not cleaned correctly can trap bacteria and result in an infection.
  8. Contact your doctor or hospital for additional care and advice.

 

 

 

This Parent's Guide to Preventing Dog Bites is presented by Montlick & Associates, Georgia Dog Bite Attorneys.

Dogs share many roles in our lives; family pets, rescue agents and even aides to those who are handicapped. Yet, they are still animals and sometimes the only way they know how to respond to a situation is to bite. Georgia Injury Attorneys Montlick & Associates has been helping the victims of Dog Bites in Georgia for over 25 years, and we know how bad these injuries can be That is why we are committed to helping you prevent dog bite-related injuries. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has created this guide to help you protect your loved ones. Parents, please teach your children basic dog safety!