As a parent, there’s no doubt you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. When taking into account that children are more at risk of being injured due to a dog bite or attack than adults, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by dogs so that you can help prevent your child from being bitten.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that children between the ages of 5 and 9 experience the highest rate of dog bite injuries. While it is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure that their dog does not harm others, here are some safety tips to teach your child in the event that he or she encounters an aggressive or unrestrained dog:
A recent increase in fatal dog attacks in California has initiated some counties to examine mandatory neutering of pit bulls and other aggressive dog breeds. According to MercuryNews.com, a 2-year-old boy was killed on July 31 after being attacked in his home by the family’s shepherd-mix. Another 2-year-old boy was killed in Concord from a fatal mauling and in a separate dog bite accident, a man’s three pit bulls killed his stepson.
While some dog bite attacks in San Diego and throughout California are quickly attributed to a dog’s breed, when many of these accidents are looked into more closely, liability can fall upon the dog owner. Dog training, socialization, and other responsibilities of a dog owner can play a significant role in preventing dog attacks and bite injuries. How a dog is raised and socialized can greatly influence its behavior and how it interacts with humans.