Educating Kids on How to Prevent Dog Bites
c. Similar to humans they deflect their anger or fear by means of a hostile gesture. They bite viciously without regard to the victim.
According to a survey conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, 50 percent of dog attacks involved children under 12 years old and 82 percent of dog bites treated in the emergency room involved children under 15 years old. To quantify these facts; 2.25 million children are attacked by a dog and 159 thousand children are rushed to the emergency room. This been said, it’s essential to educate our kids how to act around and play with dogs.
A study published in the Journal of Nursing, Social Studies and Public Health, illustrated children’s general lack of understanding concerning how to properly identify a dog’s emotional expression. The study gathered a population of kids between the ages of 8 and 12 and presented them with pictures of dogs exhibiting various emotions. The study found that
- 21% correctly identified joy
- 10% correctly identified submission
- 7% correctly identified attack
- 8% correctly identified threat
- 34% correctly identified fear
- 21% correctly identified friendliness
Furthermore, it’s important to note that unsupervised newborns were 370 times more likely to be killed by a dog. To mitigate these risks and ensure safety, it’s essential to supervise your children at all time.
F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only. This policy is available in California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.