What to Teach Your Child about Dogs

Children need to be taught the right ways of behaving around dogs. That includes not just friends’ dog or strange dogs, but also their pet dogs. Remember that many dog bites every year involve household pets. For help filing a claim after a dog bite, call a Denver dog bite lawyer.

Teach your child to ask for permission from the owner of the dog before approaching it.

Teach your child never to approach a strange animal, especially when the child is alone. The child must never touch a strange animal, and must never put her hand through the fence to touch dogs, even when these are familiar.

Children often treat a dog like a toy. That’s because they don’t understand that an animal has feelings and sensation. Teach your child that it is wrong to pinch, poke, or tightly hug a dog. Such behaviors could be disturbing to a dog, and could incite viciousness.

It is equally important to teach your child to recognize the signs of an aggressive dog, like staring, freezing, growling or snarling. A dog like this must be avoided, and the child must get to a responsible adult immediately. Children must understand that not every dog will absolutely love them. Sometimes, dogs are naturally aggressive, or have become vicious because of poor ownership.

If your child was injured in a dog bite attack, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Denver dog bite lawyer.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.