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Reduce the risk of dog bites

(HealthDay News) -- Before welcoming a new dog into your family, research how to choose the right one.

Consider these suggestions, which should help reduce the chances of you or a family member being bitten:

  • Talk to a professional, such as a trainer or veterinarian, about which breeds may be best suited for your family.
  • If you have a young child, do not consider a dog with a history of aggression.
  • Pay attention to your child's signals of fear or anxiety toward being around a dog. Don't adopt a dog until such fears subside.
  • Before you bring a dog home, spend time with the dog. Be particularly cautious if you have a baby or toddler.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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First published: 06/05/2013
Last updated: 06/05/2013