​Teach your children the following basic rules of safety around animals. These rules are:
 
  • Never approach an unfamiliar animal. Remember that not every dog that wags its tail is friendly.
  • Always ask the owner's permission before petting an animal.
  • Always approach animals slowly and carefully.
  • When meeting a new cat or dog, let it come to you and smell you first.
  • Know where the animals in your neighborhood live.
  • Keep away from stray animals.
  • Never run from a dog or cat and scream.
  • Remain calm and motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog or cat (e.g., "be still like a tree").
  • Always protect your face, neck and arms. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
  • If you're attacked, give the cat or dog a book or backpack to chew on. Cover your head and neck, and protect your face.
  • Never play with a cat or dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray animals or animals displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a pet who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a cat or dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • Do not make loud noises around animals.
  • Do not ever tease an animal.
  • Never reach through a fence to pet a dog.
  • Never put your hand between two dogs or cats.
  • Never put your face close to a dog or cat.
  • Never try to help a hurt dog or cat; get an adult to help.
  • If you do not have permission, never enter a yard with a dog in it. Better yet, wait for the owner to enter the yard with you.
  • Never leave a baby alone with a dog.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
  • Report all animal bites to the Virginia Beach Bureau of Animal Control (757) 385-4444.
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