5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites From Happening

Dog Bites? How to Avoid Your Dogs From Biting…Do you know how to read your dog’s body language?

But what does it take to prevent dog bites from happening, and is it possible?

Being a parent of both pets and hu-kids, I have learned to pick up on the subtle signs my dogs may be showing me when they begin to feel anxious or annoyed by my children. Today I would like to share some tips on helping your kids prevent dog bites – not just your own dogs, but dogs your children may encounter while outside playing or what have you.

5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites From Happening1. Teach your child that if they see an off-leash dog, never to approach him/her.

2. Do not allow your children to interact with the dog while they are eating or  chewing a bone.

3. Your children should be taught that if the family dog is asleep, he/she needs to be left alone.

4. It is important for your child to understand it may not be safe to pet a dog who they are not familiar with. (ie: While outside playing or going for a walk, do not walk up to someone who is out walking their dog, and just start petting that dog.) Permission needs to be granted by the dogs owner, as well as the child’s parents. Should permission be granted, the child should be taught how to properly approach a dog on a leash.


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5. Children should be taught to respect a dog’s space.

The cold hard fact is that any dog can bite. A random dog, your neighbors dog, the family dog, any dog! As much as I know in my heart that my huskies would not bite my kids, the truth of it is, it could happen. Dogs can’t tell us when they are being bothered, or having a bad day, which reinforces what I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Dog Bites? How to Avoid Your Dogs From Biting…It is incredibly important to learn how to read your dog’s behavior, and equally as important to teach kids and family members to learn the behavior as well, to prevent dog bites from happening.

So this week , take the time to sit down with your family/children and talk to them about respect and prevention when it comes to pets.

Have you talked to your kids about dog bite prevention? Share with us in the comments!

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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46 Responses to 5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites From Happening

  1. Thank you for raising awareness.

  2. Nichole says:

    Great information and tips!

  3. Rachel says:

    Very valuable tips here, thank you!

  4. Carleen says:

    This is such an important topic. I’m glad to see you all writing about it!

  5. Mr. N teaches kids how to approach dogs correctly during his therapy visits!

  6. One of the first things our new granddaughter will learn is how to interact with my dogs.

  7. Val Silver says:

    It really is important to educate children about how to behave with and around animals, and to keep an eye on them. Many bad situations could be avoided with proper supervision of children and pets.

  8. LOVE the post! This is such important information and my only wish is that every person and family could read and understand it. Thank you for sharing!!!

  9. Great post! I think it’s important for owners to keep in mind that any dog, even the sweetest ones, can bite.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      That’s right. And like I was saying… I do trust my dogs, and I do not think they would ever bite…. but as much as I think that, in reality, it could happen.

  10. Thanks for sharing this important information. It’s so important that humans learn how to read dogs…or cats…behavior to prevent them from biting.

  11. My sister is having a problem with her dog wanting to randomly bite. He is very tender and playful with me, but something sets him off in public.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      When it comes to something like that, I believe it is best to seek the help of a profession behaviorist. The important thing is to try and pinpoint the trigger that is setting the dog off while out in public. Good luck!

  12. MattieDog says:

    It is so important to help spread the word about why dogs bite to help change behavior of how they are approached, etc. Great post!

  13. Have been reading all the blogs about this this week and sharing, its so important

  14. Respecting a dog’s space is crucial and even the best behaved dog needs space. Really important tips – thank you for sharing.

  15. Jodi M Clock says:

    Well said! More people need to teach their children this. My guess is the parents need to learn this too and lead by example.

  16. Bryn Nowell says:

    Great points! Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. These are great things to teach kids! It’s very important to learn how to read a pet’s body language and behaviors to avoid unfortunate situations.

  18. Great tips! We think it is especially important to teach kids to respect dogs and learn about behavior and signals.

  19. Sadie says:

    We are also huge advocates for dog bite prevention and teaching children to behave respectfully around dogs. Great post!

  20. FiveSibesMom says:

    Dog bite prevention is SO important! I totally agree with teaching children and others about dog behavior and respect. Thanks for sharing the awareness, Jenna!

  21. This is such an important topic. A dog bit can change the life of a kid and end the life of a dog (as happened to friends).

  22. Cathy Armato says:

    This is such critical information, thanks for helping to raise this awareness! according to the American Veterinary Medical Assoc., Children are the most common dog bite victims so teaching children how to prevent dog bites is critical. Your first two bullet points are so important, I’m really glad you included never to approach a dog if they are eating or chewing a bone (or toy).
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  23. Such important information. Safety begins with awareness. Great post!

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