There are a number of reasons why some parents are nervous about having children around dogs. Dog bite injuries are the second most common cause of emergency room visits for kids. A majority of injuries are to hands and arms, while head and neck injuries are also common. Further, children are more susceptible to fatal injuries in dog attacks.
As renowned dog trainer Cesar Milan says, it’s not about training the dog, it’s about training the people around the dog that’s important. The key is knowing why dogs bite and changing a person’s behavior accordingly. Essentially, dogs channel their aggression by biting. The aggression may manifest itself through dominance (protecting territory or items under its control), fear of unfamiliar people or settings, or reaction to punishment (after being hit or kicked).