Keeping it Safe
Tips to keeping children safe with pets
The dog gone days of summer are here and with the kids home from school, there’s plenty of time to spend with our beloved furbabies! Whether you are adopting or already have pets, I thought it would be helpful to offer some quick tips that can help to keep your children safe around animals. For starters, it’s pretty obvious we don’t ever want to tease or abuse animals, and it’s best to avoid disturbing an animal that is eating or napping. When it comes to unfamiliar dogs and cats, the safest bet is to avoid approaching, touching,or running away from the dog as these behaviors can all encourage aggressiveness. Lastly, if your kiddo happens to be riding a bike and is being chased by a dog, he should get off the bike and place it between him and the dog, with hopes the dog will become bored with the non-,moving “target. Talk over these safety tips with your children to help keep them and your furbabies safe this summer!
Source: Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12 (Copyright © 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics)