Five tips to prevent dog bites

World Animal Protection and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), are inviting everyone to work together to halt the rabies virus. In most cases this disease is spread through dog bites.
Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are those most affected. The best way to eliminate canine rabies is to vaccinate dogs and prevent bites.
Dogs are an important part of our lives.They are our best friends and guardians, they offer us their company and we think of them as part of the family.

Communication matters

But, why would a dog bite us?
It’s usually because dogs and humans communicate in different languages. Because we don’t understand dog language, we can create situations that may lead a dog to bite us. But if we learn to behave responsibly around dogs, we can avoid situations that result in being bitten. Dogs don’t bite without a reason. They might bite because they feel scared, pain or frustration.
They might also bite when they want to defend their territory or when they have not been socialised with people or other animals.

Reducing rabies risk

By preventing bites, we will not only reduce the incidences of unpleasant and painful attacks, we will also reduce the risk of contracting rabies.

Because children are the most vulnerable to bites we have written this guide featuring five basic tips on behaving properly with dogs. You will also find suggestions for activities you can carry out in class.

We recommend that the poster, the guide and the illustrated laminated sheets are used as additional elements for classes and clubs on health and safety. They can also be used for classes and clubs that deal with environmental and animals issues.