BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured, particularly in the head and neck areas.
Maggie McDonald adopted a Labrador Retriever named Prince. She describes him as a canine bully. “He went through the window to chase after this child,” says McDonald. She took the 2-year-old retriever in five months ago after the incident but knew of it. “He was being sort of taunted by a child. He was outside playing and banging on a window and he was barking at the window, and the child didn’t stop, so he actually went through the glass window,” says McDonald. Prince now suffers from separation anxiety, and works with a dog trainer.
While most domestic animals are friendly, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says kids, especially boys between 5 and 9 years of age, are often the target of aggressive dogs. Experts say the reason dogs attack children, unsuspecting walkers, or runners is because canines chase the motion.
How to prevent dog attacks:
1. Stop! …
2. Do not panic or make loud noises.
3. Avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
4. Say “No” or “Go Home” in a firm, deep voice.
5. Stand with the side of your body facing the dog. …
6. Slowly raise your hands to your neck, with your elbows in.
Amy Funderburg with Three Dimensional Dog says ideally the pet owner would have the pooch on a leash, but it’s also important to teach your children animal etiquette. “Don’t pull the ears, don’t grab the tail, don’t grab the skin. Be sure to show the child how to approach and ask permission to pet a dog,” says Funderburg.
Three Dimensional Dog provides valuable information that could help prevent an attack or teach self-defense from an aggressive animal. To request an appointment you can call 205-563-8383.