Dogs and Children: Preventing Bites
For some dogs, children are just another human to give them attention. However, for others, this means intense fear, anxiety and aggression. While children often don’t intend to pose a threat, their rambunctious and unpredictable behavior can leave a dog feeling threatened. With that said, let us explore how to navigate this potentially dangerous situation and ensure your dog is protected with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.
According to The Dog Training Secret, children do not act like small adults either. They run, they scream, they squeal, they jump and have all kinds of behaviors that most dogs consider appalling. They also invade a dogs’ space and try to do things like hug and kiss dogs, which is never a good idea. Here’s how to go about having children interact with your dog without resulting in aggression or a bite.
First and foremost, have children keep their distance. Your dog has already warned you that he is not a fan of children, and forcing him to interact with many children, especially poorly behaved or hyper ones, is not a solution. Have children toss treats to your dog to reward him for interacting with them, but be sure to let them know that giving him treats doesn’t mean they can pet him immediately after.
Using a basket muzzle while your dog interacts with children is also a viable solution. If a forced interaction occurs and children are in your dog’s space, this will ensure everyone remains safe and no bites occur.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers injuries, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.