To help prevent children from being bitten by dogs, teach the following basic safety tips:

ü Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.

ü Do not run from a dog or scream.

ü Do not play with a dog that is not well known unless supervised by an adult.

ü Avoid direct eye contact with an unfamiliar dog.

ü Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.

ü Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.

ü Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog: “Be still like a tree.”

ü If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still: “Be still like a log.”

ü Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.

ü If threatened or bitten by a dog, immediately report the bite to an adult.

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