Puppy Love: Keeping Kids Safe

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There's nothing cuter than watching your children engage in play with man's best friend. Unfortunately, it's not always fun and games with your four-legged friends. There are an estimated 1 to 2 million dog bites every year. At the end of the day, animals are still animals, so you want to teach your children safety first. Although there are never any guarantees, there are definitely precautions you can take to protect your kids from becoming a statistic. For starters, let your children know it's never OK to approach a dog that is by itself. Do not run toward a dog. If your child wants to see a dog, he should first ask the owner and then approach the dog slowly. Allow the dog to sniff the child's hand. Explain to your child that he or she should never stick his or her face into a dog's, regardless of whose animal it is.