Children love dogs. Children will even reach out to a strange dog as if they have known that dog all their lives. There seems to be a bond between children and dogs. However, children and dogs can be a dangerous mix.
Dogs are more likely to bite children much more than adults. In fact, studies indicate that 50 percent of dog attacks involve children under the age of 12 years old. For these children, dog attacks are dangerous, as 82 percent of dog bites treated in the emergency room involve children under the age of 15.
With so many dog bites occurring, it is important that children are taught safe behavior around dogs. Knowing how to behave safely around dogs may prevent a child from becoming the victim of a Milwaukee dog bite. Four safe tips of behavior for children around dogs are:
- Be kind. A child should never hit, kick, slap, or bite a dog. Children should also refrain from pulling a dog’s ears, tail, or paws. Being aggressive or mean to a dog may make the dog feel threatened and bite.
- Don’t disturb a busy dog. When a dog is busy playing with toys, tending to puppies, eating, or sleeping, care must be taken not to provoke it. A focused dog may not even realize a child is near—and when surprised, a dog may bite.
- Don’t approach an unknown dog. An unknown dog should never be approached. There is no way of knowing how the dog will react to a child. It may look calm and peaceful, but may also be quick to attack.
- Be calm and quiet. Some dogs don’t like loud noises. Loud noises may put them on edge, making them tense and more likely to attack.
It is important to remember that dogs are still animals. If they do bite, you should hold the responsible party accountable. Contact an experienced Wisconsin dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation.