Children are unaware of the risks of approaching frightened dogs

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Ignorance is bliss. This saying holds true but does come with its own consequences. An example would be, not knowing a dog is frightened or scared. This could lead to some traumatic results. UK has reported over 1200 admissions of young children for dog related incidents. The study is attempting to prove that children cannot decipher and comprehend a dogs emotions, which in turn is leading to hospital visits.

Key Takeaways:

  • UK statistics show that young children are at the highest risk of being bitten by a dog with nearly 1200 admissions to hospital for under 10’s during 2013-2014.
  • Although children were less likely to approach an angry dog, there was no difference in their inclination to approach a happy or frightened dog.
  • Children’s understanding of safety around dogs is lacking as they only demonstrated caution about approaching angry dogs.

“Young children are relatively good at accurately identifying the emotion that a dog is displaying. However, children’s understanding of safety around dogs is lacking as they only demonstrated caution about approaching angry dogs.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160914090502.htm

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