Staying S.A.F.E Around Canines
Kids love dogs, and generally, dogs love kids, but both still need constant supervision. Today you’ll learn how to keep little ones safe with a make-sense program of the same name.
Every year, over 150,000 kids are treated for dog-related injuries, and most are due to bites from dogs known to the child. Most frequently bitten are boys ages 5 to 9, and most are bites that could have been prevented.
So what is S.A.F.E.? It stands for Supervision (when kids and dogs are together); Anticipating (and avoiding) risky situations, like putting the dog in a quiet part of the house during a boisterous kid’s birthday party; Follow-through, to be sure both the children and dog remain under full control at all times; and Educating not only kids but your dog as well.
Expecting a new baby at your house? Start pooch training early, with gentle ear and tail tugs followed by a treat to teach that such actions lead to good things. If you always Supervise, Anticipate, Follow through, and Educate, you’re likely to find that S.A.F.E. dogs don’t bite.