Is there a more heartwarming sight than a child playing with a family pet?
The pure joy a dog can bring to a family makes it easy to see why over 60% of US households have one. Children who grow up with pets are also less likely to suffer from anxiety, allergies, and even high blood pressure, so there are many advantages to having a dog.
These benefits can sometimes mask the dangers of child/dog interactions though. Most dogs are surprisingly tolerant of human behavior – even when feeling anxious or trapped – but every dog has a limit. If a child pushes their pet beyond this limit, there is a chance of a bite.
For this reason, it’s important for parents to know the basics of dog body language. By understanding why dogs bite and how to recognize warning signs, a parent or guardian can keep their child safe and encourage positive interactions. Check out this awesome Parent’s Guide to Canine Body Language and Saftey from our friends over at The Dog Clinic to learn what to watch for to keep your children, and your dog, safe during interactions.