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Dog Bite Prevention

Teach your children the following basic rules of safety around dogs:

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog. 
  • Remember that not every dog that wags its tail is friendly.
  • Always ask the owner's permission before petting a dog.
  • Always approach dogs slowly and carefully. 
  • When meeting a new dog, let it come to you and smell you first.
  • Know where the dogs in your neighborhood live.
  • Keep away from stray dogs.
  • Never run from a dog and scream.
  • Remain calm and motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (e.g., "be still like a tree"). 
  • Always protect your face, neck and arms. 
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log"). 
  • If you're attacked, give the dog a book or backpack to chew on. Cover your head and neck, and protect your face.
  • Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult. 
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog. 
  • Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. 
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first. 
  • Do not make loud noises around dogs. 
  • Do not ever tease a dog. 
  • Never reach through a fence to pet a dog. 
  • Never put your hand between two dogs. 
  • Never put your face close to a dog. 
  • Never try to help a hurt dog; get an adult to help. 
  • If you do not have permission, never enter a yard with a dog in it.  Better yet, wait for the owner to enter the yard with you. 
  • Never leave a baby alone with a dog.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

M. Stukey

Riley County Humane Society 

P.O. Box 1202 Manhattan, KS 66505