Dog Bite Prevention Advice
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they’re not always chummy with children.  And, as every dog owner know, even the sweetest dog can have a bad day. Every year, nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs. Over 2 million of these victims are kids who are bitten by the family dog. But the news is not all bad, according to Vicki Lynch, certified dog behaviorist and owner of the Metrowest Bark Busters (Hudson, Mass.). “There are proven ways to advance responsible dog ownership, which help decrease the incidence of dog bites in the US.”   Lynch offers parents the following 10 rules for insuring that kids and dogs live in happy harmony.

    o1; tab-stops: list .5in">Do not allow young children to discipline a dog
    o1; tab-stops: list .5in">Never leave a young child or baby alone with a dog
    o1; tab-stops: list .5in">Do not allow your child to feed a dog unsupervised

  • Do not allow your child to pull on a dog’s collar

  • Do not allow your child to play aggressive games with any dog

Lynch also suggests that parents instruct their children to:

  • Never pet a strange dog, even if the owner is present

  • Stay away from a dog while it is eating and sleeping

  • Never retrieve a ball from someone else’s yard

  • Stay away from a dog with puppies

  • Stay away from a dog that is tied up.
Dog Bite Prevention Tips provided by Bark Busters.  To learn more about Bark Busters’ holistic training approach, visit Vicki Lynch can be caontacted at

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