Safety: Two Sides of Dog Bites

There are many ways to help minimize dog bites. On the dog side, spaying/neutering, proper puppy/dog training and socialization are all key elements. There are many excellent Veterinarians, Behaviorists and Trainers doing wonderful work with these functions for the dogs they get to help. When more people utilize these services dog bites usually decline. Animal Safety Is Fun! however, focuses on the human side and emphasizes training children and adults how to be safe and confident around animals. Respect for the dog and his territory are paramount. Humans are taught how behave so we don’t encourage dogs to bite us. Visit for more info.


Safety Done Perfectly By Mrs. Wheeler

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Animal Safety is Fun!

With warmer weather approaching, children are spending more time outside.  Parks and neighborhoods are booming.  With outside play comes the danger of stray pets.  Knowing how to eliminate potential risks is just as pertinent as knowing how to handle an emergency.  My cousin, Dr. Mike Cornwell, has over 40 years experience working with animals and students in veterinary school. He took his expertise and created a program called “Animal Safety is Fun” as a way to educate children about staying safe around animals, specifically unknown ones.  I had the opportunity to view this video and share it with my first graders last week.  I was able to view the first portion of the video on my own and then I showed the second portion to my students.  The material was presented in a clear, concise way with real footage of people and animals.  The children were engaged in watching and learning about how to be safe around animals.  The two key ideas that my students took with them were: 1. Be a tree and 2. Act like a log.  These are two techniques for what to do if the children come across an unknown dog.  After the video, we practiced these two techniques and discussed what we had learned.  The students also colored a reminder coloring sheet which had a parent/family letter on the back.

May is Animal Safety Month, so why not check out this animal safety resource and share it with your children and students?  Click the image below to check out Dr. Cornwell’s kit.  It’s available as an instant download or DVD.  The image below shows everything that is included.

To follow Dr. Cornwell’s blog, click the image below.

Have a great day and remember that animal safety is fun!


Safety,Dog Bite Prevention Week

Dog Bite Facts from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

In summary, I suggest that we all share Animal Safety Is Fun! with more children and adults as one additional way to help minimize the number and severity of dog bite wounds to humans. Be Safe!