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In addition, dogs may confuse children's movements and behavior and mistake them for prey. It is better to take precautionary measures now than be sorry later on. Below are a few instructions that parents should teach their children:
Not every dog that wags its tail is friendly. Do not approach or play with a dog unless an adult is present. Do not approach a stray dog, or a dog you do not know. Get permission first from dog's owner before approaching it. When you approach a dog, be sure that owner is present. Remain calm and still when a dog approaches you. Do not tease dogs, or make loud noises around a dog. Avoid staring into a dog's eyes. Do not try to help an injured dog. Get a grown-up to help you. Don't put your hand between two dogs. If dog is behind a fence, do not reach through fence. Keep your face away from dogs. If you got scared by a dog, do not run away, scream or shout. If a dog knocks you over, stay on ground. Stay completely still. Protect your head, face, neck and arms. Tell a grown-up right away. If a dog bites, try to give something else for dog to bite or chew. Give your backpack or jacket. Protect your head and face. As always, tell a grown-up right away.
Special Circumstances Have you noticed that paperboy riding a bike is always attacked by dogs in your neighborhood? There are special cases when dogs readily attack people. Rapid movement attracts a dog's attention that's why it is best to take caution when engaged in certain activities.
Riding a bicycle, jogging, running and rollerblading are some of activities that regularly get dogs excited. People who engage in these activities are at risk of being bitten. You should always try to keep a safe distance from dogs, including those that are on leashes.
When in a bicycle, not only do you have risk of getting bitten, you also may be injured if you hit a dog as it runs in front of you. So if you know that you're approaching a place where there are dogs around, it is best to steer away or keep a good distance between yourself and any dogs.
If you are approached by an unrestrained dog when you're jogging, running or rollerblading, do not try to outrun it--- it is probably faster than you. Just stay still until it losses interest in you.
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