Everyone Else is Overlooking Dog Safety Education, and That’s Why You Can’t Afford To.
You're at the family reunion standing in line for the potato salad when a loud shriek pierces the formerly calm atmosphere. You drop your paper plate and dash over to the site of all the commotion. A trail of blood trickles down your screaming child’s face. Nearby, there’s a little dog cowering beneath a picnic table. The stunned owner is repeating, “I can’t believe Rizzo did that. I can’t believe Rizzo did that. I’m so sorry.”
Dog bites are serious business. After incidents like the above scenario, you can only hope the situation will be resolved with a bandage and a few awkward apologies. Other times, parents have good cause to worry about stitches, scarring, and emotional trauma. Meanwhile, the dog owner is likely to feel extreme guilt, embarrassment, and anxiety regarding what might happen to both the child and their dog in the days to come. Indeed, many good dogs have been euthanized after a single incident. Everyone wishes they could go back in time and stop the ugly incident before it happened. Although we can’t change the past, dog owners, parents and even children must all do their part to prevent dog bites.
Unfortunately, very few public schools or public health departments are talking about pet safety. Many families don’t begin to even think about dog bite prevention until they’re already in the emergency room. According to the National Institutes of Healt ...