Do you know how to lower the changes that your children will become involved in a dog attack? There are a few simple rules for you, your kids, and your friends and family can follow to make sure that everyone has a safe and fun time around dogs.

Protecting Your Children From Dog Bites in Washington State

A huge 70 percent of dog bite attacks involve children - children who maybe permanently injured, scarred, or traumatized by the event. Why are children more susceptible to dog attacks than adults? In some cases, children are not aware of the danger and aggressiveness of some animals. In other cases, they have not been taught the warning signs of an attack. In still other cases, they may not know how to correctly approach or appropriately pet an animal.

Even if you do not own a pet, it is important that your children are aware of both how to treat animals and how to protect themselves from attacks. Many animal attacks involve the dog of a family or friend, while other involve stray dogs or dogs that have escaped from their yards, pens, or tethers. You don't have to scare your children, but educating them with a few tips and guidelines can prevent a violent and life - changing attack.

· First and foremost, make it clear to your children that they should not approach strange animals, no matter what the circumstance. Even if a dog is on a leash and with an adult, children should not run up to the animal.

· Explain to your children that dogs can be aggressive when they are protecting an object or when they are taken by surprise - dog should not be approached or petted when they are eating, playing with a toy, sleeping, or tending to puppies.

· Make sure your children understand the correct way to pet a dog and that a dog's nose, ears, and eyes are sensitive. The child should understand not to pull on an animal's coat or tail, and if the child is too young to understand this, they should not be allowed to touch the animal.

· Know that "cornered" dogs are more aggressive - don't approach dogs locked in cars, tethered to trees, or tied up in other ways.

· Let your kids know that sudden movements can scare or excite dogs, causing them to act out. Teach them how to approach familiar animals slowly and with deliberate movements.

Also remember never to leave your child alone with a dog - even if you think you know the demeanor of the animal. The best way to protect your children from animal attacks and dog bites is to be present and aware of your child's environment. If you are in the room, you can watch both the child's behavior and the dog's behavior.