Animal bites are serious for adults and children alike. Unfortunately, children tend to be the victim of Connecticut dog bites frequently in comparison to adults. This may, be in part, due to a lack of education on dogs. Children may believe that it is okay to pet a stray animal or may be unable to read the signs of a dog’s discomfort. Education at an early age may help decrease dog bites.
A study in the US National Library of Medicine suggests that preschool children can interpret a dog’s behavior. It may take a short educational session, but children are sensitive to learning about dog behavior. This is particularly true of children who have dogs at home. Educators can use videos of dog to train children more effectively than pictures or puppets. When quizzed on the videos, children were able to identify a dog’s mood by its behavior.
Over 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites every year. Not only are children the most common victim of dog bites but their injuries tend to be more severe. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that children are more likely to suffer a dog bite by a familiar dog during daily activities.
One of the best prevention tactics to avoid a dog bite is to pay attention to a dog’s body language. Like people, dogs use posture and vocalization to express themselves. One of the biggest problems with children is that they do not always know how to read these gestures before it is too late. If a child can read a dog’s body language, then he or she may have clues that the animal is experiencing stress.