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Safety for children around pet dogs
Originally posted on Bath Mums.
It’s with a sad heart that I heard of yet another victim to a dog attack today – this time an 11-month old baby girl. Some may blame the breed involved, and while this is an issue that gets a lot of attention, I think we also need to focus on safety of children around dogs generally.
Fatal dog attacks aside, latest data shows that 6,447 people were admitted to hospital for dog bites in 2011-12. One in six of those admitted to hospital for a dog bite is a child aged under 10. Dog bites to children are also more likely to happen to the face, requiring reconstructive surgery, whereas for older adults it tends to be the hands and arms.
You may have heard your vet, rescue centre, or breeder say to never leave your child alone with a dog, no matter how much you trust it. We all know that’s the right thing to do, but the number of dog bites per year are on the uprise.
The real problem however, isn’t necessarily always being present when your dog and child are together. The main problem is that we aren’t taught to read our dogs and know when they are feeling uncomfortable, prompting a possible attack.
Dog’s give off so much information through their body language, the problem is it can be quite subtle to the human eye.
Read the full article over at Bath Mums, then see how many signs you can spot in the picture below.