Playing with a dog may be a fun activity for young kids, but if not properly supervised, it can turn dangerous, without warning.
"My little niece did get bit in the face, and it was because she was playing with the puppy. So, dogs require their own space. If you get in their space, sometimes they will snap at ya," says Dothan Animal Hospital Veterinarian Dr. Ben Garrett.
However, if you are looking for a dog, or already have one as a pet, Dr. Garrett says there isn’t a specific breed you should or should not choose, nor is there a specific age for a child to get a dog.
Still, Dr. Garrett recommends at least teach the child safety when around the animal. "I think if you're looking to get a pet, I think it's best if you get a puppy rather than an adult dog to bring in to a family, particularly with a child. You can raise the puppy with the children. That seems to always work best," he recommends.
There are some things you can do to help keep yourself and your child safe around a dog.
First, never pull a dog's ears or tail.
Also, when you are playing with a dog, never put your face down to the dog's mouth.
For other safety tips, State Farm Insurance offers a book that teaches safety habits around dogs.
"It does give a lot of do's and don'ts about what to do when you come up with a neighbor's dog or a stray dog that may approach children," says Garrett.
But perhaps the greatest tip is to always supervise your child, and don't approach stray dogs.
Here are some tips you can use, according to State Farm Insurance: