It is important to sit down with your children and go through the proper ways of treating dogs and what may make dogs act aggressively. It is equally important to inform them how to act if they are attacked by a dog.
Make sure your children know:
- Never approach a dog when an adult isn't present. If the dog owner is present, they should ask if they may approach the dog. Never approach a stray or strange dog even if an adult is present.
- Understand that dogs are sensitive. Don't' tease dogs, make loud noises, or sudden movements.
- Never approach a dog with puppies - they can be dangerous when protecting their young.
- If you find an injured dog, don't try to help it alone. Injured dogs can be aggressive. Instead, call an adult for help.
- Never reach into enclosed areas, such as between fence slates or into an open car window, to pet a dog.
- If a dog begins to act aggressively toward you, realize that some reactions, such as running, may trigger the dog to chase you.
In general, be sure to explain that even though many dogs are friendly, warm companions, some are not. While they may be familiar with the personality of their own pets or the pets of family members, they cannot expect all dogs to react in the same ways.