Dog Bite Prevention
About half of all children nationwide will be bitten by a dog before the age of 12 and officials want to make sure your child has a dog bite free summer. This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Marion County Animal Services is spreading the word so kids know how to properly interact with man's best friend. Most dog bites are preventable and if everyone follows a few simple rules, both kids and dogs will feel safe.
– Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a strange dog. Then, ask the dog’s permission by turning your hand palm-down and allowing the dog to sniff your palm.
– Don’t approach or touch a dog that’s sleeping, eating, caring for puppies, fighting or chained in a yard. Dogs can be startled if you wake them suddenly and can be highly protective of their food, property and puppies.
– If approached by a strange dog, don’t run and scream. Stand still and silent (like a tree) and don’t make eye contact with the dog. Dogs view direct eye contact as challenging and loud noises and sudden movement as scary or threatening. When the dog loses interest, walk away slowly. Dogs are apt to join in on a game of chase if anyone attempts to run away.
– If children are bitten by a dog, teach them to tell an adult, wash the wound with warm water and soap and contact your county's Animal Services Department immediately. Officials want to make sure others don’t get hurt from the same dog.
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