5 Tips to Protect Your Child From Dog Bites

The ASPCA predicts that 50 percent of children will be bitten by a dog before they turn 12-years-old. National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17 – 23 in the U.S., was created to educate people about preventing dog bites.

While any animal has the the potential to bite when they feel threatened, a veterinary study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior (2009) showed that confrontational training methods practiced by popular trainers and handlers are a contributing factor. Dominance-based training methods practiced and taught by these trainers can include:

  • staring down a dog
  • alpha rolls (holding dogs on their back)
  • intimidation with physical threats

Not only do these antiquated training methods not correct the original problem, but the training actually promotes aggression in dogs.

For example, Fido starts growling at a child because he feels threatened when the child reaches out to pet him. Fido is telling the child he’s not comfortable and is feeling threatened. The parent, who may have just seen a popular tv show on dog training, yells at Fido for growling and stares him down until he stops growling. The parent thinks they have corrected the problem when Fido doesn’t growl the next time the child reaches over his head to pet him. After all, he’s learned that if he growls, he’ll be threatened and intimidated. So, the next time the child reaches out to pet Fido, he doesn’t growl. Instead, he immediately bites the child’s hand. The parent naively thinks the bite just came out of nowhere. Sadly, the child grows up with a fear of dogs, and the family dog is succumbed to euthanasia. It is heartbreaking to all, because the parents really loved Fido. They just weren’t educated in positive reinforcement training techniques that would have helped Fido become comfortable, and the child wasn’t educated in how to safely pet a dog.

Internationally renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell is a spokesperson for National Dog Bite Prevention Week. She says, “Most dog bites are preventable and are a perfect situation of circumstance, situation and environment. If we learn to understand dogs, learn their body language, and empower children with that knowledge, there will be less dog bites.” She offers these tips to help prevent dog bites:

1. Your dog needs to be well socialized.

2. Your dog needs to receive great, humane and force-free education.

3. Teach your family how to be around your dog.

4. Teach visitors, including all children, how to be around your dog.

4. Give your dog plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

5. Don’t judge a dog by his breed. Instead, observe his behavior.

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whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.” – See more at: https://positively.com/victorias-blog/dog-bite-prevention-part1/#sthash.yHjCwO4G.dpuf
Dr. Herron states that, “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.” – See more at: https://positively.com/victorias-blog/dog-bite-prevention-part1/#sthash.yHjCwO4G.dpuf
hat confrontational training methods practiced by many trainers and handlers in the United States and Britain, are a contributing factor.   Dr. Herron states that, “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.” – See more at: https://positively.com/victorias-blog/dog-bite-prevention-part1/#sthash.yHjCwO4G.dpuf

that confrontational training methods practiced by many trainers and handlers in the United States and Britain, are a contributing factor.   Dr. Herron states that, “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.”

- See more at: https://positively.com/victorias-blog/dog-bite-prevention-part1/#sthash.yHjCwO4G.dpuf

that confrontational training methods practiced by many trainers and handlers in the United States and Britain, are a contributing factor.   Dr. Herron states that, “Our study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods, whether staring down dogs, striking them, or intimidating them with physical manipulation such as alpha rolls [holding dogs on their back], do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.”

- See more at: https://positively.com/victorias-blog/dog-bite-prevention-part1/#sthash.yHjCwO4G.dpuf

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Past Member 2 years ago

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Chris G.
.3 years ago

Keep the balls rolling!! Nice posts you have given for us.
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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Always make sure you are in attendance with children when they are playing with pets. Thank you or caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Treat the kids to treat the animals gently. Thank you for caring and sharing

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

thanks

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Heather O.
Heather O4 years ago

Abhishek R. Is that Kenshin I see in your avatar????

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc4 years ago

Good advice. Thanks.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W4 years ago

Kids should be taught from a very young age to teach them to be kind to animals.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W4 years ago

Just teach the kids not to tease the dogs, works wonders.

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