It’s a good time to review with your children how to “be a tree” if a strange dog approaches and to never try to pet a dog without asking the owner first. Dogs that are chained up, eating, in a car, or protecting their owner, their yard, a litter of puppies or even their favorite toy are more likely to bite. Put yourself in their paws; you might consider biting a tall stranger who runs up to you and then pats you on the head.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is the third full week in May. For more info on dog bite prevention, go to http://www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/default.asp.