BITE PREVENTION: Tips To Keep Children Safe!

Central Bark’s “Bite Prevention” presentation focuses on the three most likely “unsupervised” situations that could occur between a child and a dog. If a strange dog approaches you, and…

If you are on the ground…

You need to “curl up like a rock.” Cover your neck and head with your hands/arms. After the dog leaves you should report this to the nearest adult.

If you are standing…

You should “pretend to be a tree”. Stand up straight and tall like a tree and no talking. Fold your arms across your body, do not move and do not look at the dog. After the dog leaves, you should report this to the nearest adult.

If you want to pet it…

You should ask the adult with the dog for permission.

Central Bark offers coloring pages to illustrate further the three key scenarios mentioned above.

Download Coloring Sheets Here

What NOT to do:

NEVER run or scream!
In dog language that could be telling the dog to chase you and you don’t want that.

NEVER look directly into the dog’s eyes!
Looking directly in the dog’s eyes could be telling the dog that you are ready to fight and you are challenging him, and you don’t want to do that either.

Central Bark’s Bite Prevention Program also focuses on:

Signs of a happy or friendly dog


  • Happy, low wagging tail
  • Mouth and lips relaxed or may appear to be smiling
  • Eyes are soft and friendly
  • Ears are relaxed
  • Hair will lie smooth
  • Body very loose with a possible play bow or nose nudge to be petted

Signs of an unhappy or unfriendly dog


  • Tail is up and stiff or tucked tightly between the dog’s legs
  • Mouth and lips are pulled back showing teeth (dog may be barking or growling)
  • Eyes are hard and may appear black as the pupil is dilated (explain in kid-language)
  • Ears are folded tightly back in a defensive position
  • Hair on the back and shoulders might stand up and stick out
  • Body very rigid and upright leaning forward and high

NEVER approach a dog…

  • without your mommy or daddy or an adult.
  • that is pinned, chained or tied to anything
  • that is alone and unattended.
  • is behind a fence or in a cage.
  • that is off leash.
  • that is eating.
  • that is sleeping.
  • with puppies.
  • without asking its owner if it is ok first.


Contact your local Central Bark for more information regarding our Bite Prevention program