Q: How can I prevent my child from getting bit by a dog?
There isn't anything that can guarentee that your child won't get bit by a dog but there are a few dog safety tips you can instill in your children to prevent them from getting bit by a dog. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these rules:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog
- Do not run from a dog or scream
- Remain motionless
- If you are knocked down by a dog, roll into a ball and stay still with your hands over your ears
- Do not let your child play with a dog unless they are being supervised by an adult
- Report any stray dogs or any dogs that display any unusual behavior
- Avoid direct eye contact with unfamiliar dogs
- Do not disturb a dog when it is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies
- Let a dog sniff you before you pet it
- If your child is bit by a dog let them know to report the bite to an adult immediately so they can receive proper medical attention
If your child has been bitten by a dog contact New York dog bite attorney Frank Dito.