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