Most dogs will never bite anyone. However, any dog may bite if it feels threatened. Children are the most common victims of dog bites. Infants and young children should never be left alone with a dog. This handout tells you how to teach your children to avoid getting bitten.
Take time to learn about the breed of dog you want. To learn about dog breeds, talk with a veterinarian, read books about dogs and search the Internet. Don’t get a dog only because of the way it looks. If you have an infant or young child, think about getting a puppy. Be especially careful if you have a baby in your house. Aggressive dog breeds aren’t right for families with children. Neutered male dogs are generally less aggressive.
Consider taking your new dog to obedience school. Keep your dog’s immunizations up to date. Have your dog checked regularly by a veterinarian.
A dog is a wonderful addition to a family, but it can be a problem if you aren’t careful. Always talk to children about how they should act when they’re with a dog. Remember that dogs can feel threatened by new surroundings or strangers.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff