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"Every Dog Has A Breaking Point": Mom Explains Who's To Blame When A Child Gets Bitten By A Dog

Date August 22, 2018

Dogs are one of the most popular pets (they are second only to cats). According to the CDC, more than a third of American households own at least one dog. Many dog owners are also raising children, and they like to claim that a dog that is raised and trained right will never hurt a child. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as one woman named Olivia Paige explained in her now-viral Facebook post.

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Even the sweetest and most loving dogs have a breaking point

Olivia lives with her 15-month-old nephew Harrison and 7-year-old German shepherd Modoc, CafeMom reports. You probably know that German shepherd is one of the smartest dog breeds, right? In her post, Olivia calls Modoc “a great dog”, but she also acknowledges the fact that “every dog has a breaking point”.

Knowing this, adults in the house have been teaching little Harrison how to treat the dog right. As Olivia wrote in her post, the boy is not allowed to lie on dogs, hug them, and disturb them when they are eating, among others things.

Olivia calls on other parents and caregivers to foster mutual respect between children and dogs and teach kids how to handle these animals and hoow to behave around them.

Her post resonated with many! Here are some of the comments:

Oh, if only more parents understood this sentiment!

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How to keep children safe around dogs

According to the CDC, young children are at a higher risk of getting bitten by a dog compared to adults, and when they do get bitten, their injuries are more serious.

Adults need to understand that dogs may interpret some behaviors and actions towards them and around them as intent to harm, and they will respond in kind.

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Check out the guidelines for dog bite prevention, issued by the CDC. There are also some specific recommendations for children, and here are some of them:

1. Don’t let your child touch the dog’s food and approach the dog when it’s eating.

2. Don’t let your child put his or her face close to the dog’s teeth.

3. Don’t let your child run and shout around the dog.

4. Teach your child not to touch the dog’s face, paws, and tail when playing. Also, teach your child not to do other things the dog doesn’t like.

5. Always supervise every interaction between your child and the dog.

6. When introducing your child to an unfamiliar dog, check with its owner if it’s OK to pet it.

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If you follow the rules, you can make these interactions enjoyable and safe both for your child and the dog!

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