Take care: 'Tis the season for dog bites

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Summer is peak season for dog bites – especially among children, who spend more time outdoors during July and August, increasing the potential for problem encounters.

An estimated 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control; more than half of the bites resulting in serious injury happen to children under age 14. Dog bite prevention requires action by both human and pet parents.

"Whether a family has a dog in the household or not, parents must teach children how to behave safely around dogs," says Traci Simo, head of Manners dog obedience training for Canine Company. She says every child should know these four basic rules:

"We all think our own dog will never bite," adds Simo, "but even a sweet, friendly dog can strike out from fear, for protection or in defense." Pet parents are legally responsible for injuries their dog causes, so it's important for pet parents to take these precautions:

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