Dog Bite Prevention for Families with School Age Children*
Older children can become involved with the care and training of the dog. A child, who is old enough to follow instructions reliably, can help with the dog under supervision.
- Children can give the dog food and water, once the parents have taught the dog to sit and wait.
- Children can let the dog out of the crate.
- Create separate dog and kid zones in the home so that each can be safe from the other.
- Children should learn to stand still (Be a Tree) if the family dog is too frisky or any dog scares them.
- Children should avoid strange dogs and strangers with dogs.
- Parents should learn to read dog body language and teach the children how to tell if a dog does not want to be bothered.
- Avoid games that pit the strength and speed of the dog against the child.
- Even a child as young as three, can learn to help with clicker training.
*Adapted from materials developed by our friends at www.doggonesafe.com