Dog Bite Statistics
• According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Humane
Society of the United States (HSUS), there are approximately 4.7 million
dog bites every year in the U.S.
• Dog Bites occur roughly every 75 seconds in the United States (CDC)
• The HSUS estimates 51% of all dog bite victims are children
Lesley Zoromski is a dog-trainer and child educator who’s on a mission to make children safer by teaching them the basics of canine body language.
Her passion is driven by a personal understanding of the physical and psychological harm that can result from a dog bite and a desire to share her knowledge of dogs and child education in an effort to reduce their numbers.
Stop, Look & Paws Learning Activity Launched (press release)
(Petaluma, CA, November 1, 2016)—Popular Bay Area dog trainer and former child
educator Lesley Zoromski announced today the official launch of Stop, Look & Paws™
the first product to debut from her newly created company, Kids-n-K9s LLC™. Developed
to assist parents, educators and fellow dog trainers in teaching basic dog body
language to children, Stop, Look & Paws™ is a hands-on learning activity for children
between the ages of 4 and 8.
About Stop, Look & Paws Learning Activity
Stop, Look & Paws™ is an interactive learning activity that teaches the basics of dog body language and a fun way to learn about dog/child safety
Here’s what’s included:
• Easy to Use Instructions – that will get you
• Activity Board – for children to sort stickers into
“Safe to Pet” and “Not Safe to Pet” and More…..
AKC Family Dog Magazine - Nov. 2018
Helping the Community to Avoid Dog Bites
The mission of Kids-n-K9s is to bring dog safety directly into the schools, starting with the youngest grade levels (where most dog bites occur), so this early education and awareness can hopefully prevent future dog bites. National Dog Bite Prevention Week was April 9th through 15th. It is crucial to be aware of some important dog bite statistics and take time with our young children to improve their understanding of dog body language. There are 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. annually (Centers for Disease Control & Humane Society), with 51% of the bites to children (Humane Society).
The highest rates of bites are among children ages 5-9 (American Veterinary Medical Association) which is why we focus our in-school efforts primarily on kindergarten
77% of dog bites are from dogs that belong to the victim’s family or friends (Centers for Disease Control)
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Is Your Child Begging for a Pet?
Check Out These Animal Activities and Programs for Kids! - Oct. 2018
Is your child begging for a pet? Before you take the plunge, do some research. Try one of these free or low-cost activities that introduces kids to domestic animals, and educates them in animal husbandry. See what animals your child feels comfortable with, and aligns with your lifestyle.
Win This Activity Book – Stop, Look & Paws – Kids-n-K9s Dog Bite Prevention
Stop, Look & Paws: Teaching Kids How to Be Safe Around Dogs - Sept. 2018
We’ve all seen or heard about horrific instances of dog bites to children. I think most of us believe it will never happen to us. Until I became a dog trainer and was doing research on children and dogs, I didn’t realize the alarming statistics of dog bites to children. When I meet with families, I often discover they are unaware of the potential risks when interacting with dogs, and, what dogs are trying to communicate. Specifically, almost without exception, the children really had no idea how to read their dog’s body language…
Read Entire Article at: Pediatric Safety – Sept 2018
Educator Wants to Help Kids Better Understand Their Puppies - Mar. 2018
Lesley Zoromski is on a mission to improve communication. “They don’t understand the subtleties. If they understood, they could make better decisions,” she said. Zoromski is referring to a child and his/her relationship with his/her dog. The Petaluma dog trainer and retired educator has been working with families that include both children and dogs for 15 years, teaching both pet and family how to better understand one another. The Humane Society of the United States reports that there are more than 4.5 million dog bites annually in the United States.