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Health Tip: Kids Need to Behave Around Dogs

To prevent bites and serious injury

(HealthDay News) -- Although often labeled man's best friend, a dog's instinct may tell him to bite to protect himself around those he doesn't know -- especially excitable children.

Here are a few tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to keep your children from provoking dogs:

  • Stay away from dogs you don't know. Children should never run up to pet a strange dog, no matter how friendly it looks.
  • Never approach any dog -- even a dog you know -- who is eating, sleeping, or with its puppies.
  • Do not run and scream around a dog.
  • Be still if an unfamiliar dog approaches you, and let it sniff you and see you before you try to walk away.
  • If a child is playing with a dog, make sure an adult is around to supervise.
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