As a loving parent, protecting your child from harm will always be your top priority. You may find that you frequently worry about potential dangers that might arise when you are not with your children. For example, when your children go to play at the home of a friend, you may be concerned about them being injured because they are not watched when they play by the pool, because they have access to dangerous toys or because the family owns aggressive dogs.
It’s important that you first accept that you can never predict or envision every possible danger that could present itself to your child. That said, as a parent, you can take practical steps to ensure that your child is as safe as possible, even when they are not in your care. The following is an overview of what you should consider when trying to ensure that your child is not harmed by a dog.
Understand why children are at risk of dog bites
Children of different ages are at a heightened risk of being bitten or attacked by a dog. This is for several reasons. For example, babies and toddlers can be intimidating to dogs because of their crawling or rolling over. Young children can unintentionally provoke dogs because of their curious and impulsive nature, and their inability to predict how a dog might react.
Make sure that you’re cautious
First, you should educate your child as early as possible about being safe around dogs. Teach them that they should never pet an animal that they do not know and that they should never chase or provoke an animal. Also, make sure that you are aware of whether your child will be in contact with a dog when they are out of your care.
Remember that the law is protective of dog bite victims. The owner of a dog who has bitten someone is usually held liable for damages, especially when the victim was a child.