Every year in the United States about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. About twenty percent of those require medical attention. Among children, those between the ages of five and nine have the highest rate of dog-bite related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Many of those bites are from the family dog. However, there are ways to keep your children safe around your dog.

It helps to keep your children in mind before choosing a dog for your family. If your child is young and is scared of dogs, it may not be time to add a dog to your household. Also, special care should be taken before you bring a dog into a household with infants and toddlers.

Once you feel your family is ready for a dog, consult with a veterinarian or a breeder to see what might be the best breed of dog for your household. Before purchasing or adopting a dog, spend time with it. See if the dog is gentle with your children and if they feel comfortable around him or her.

After you’ve decided on a particular dog, get it spayed or neutered, which can reduce aggressiveness. Spend time training the dog and getting it used to your family. Teach the dog how to behave submissively. Don’t wrestle or play other aggressive games with your dog, or the dog might think it’s acceptable to wrestle with young children.

Has your child been bitten by a dog? By law, the dog’s owner could be held liable for any injuries suffered as a result of the bite. If you are in the Dallas area and have suffered a dog bite due to the negligence of a dog’s owner, contact the Dallas dog bite attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. They will help you learn more about receiving compensation for your injuries.