With animal bite investigations expected to exceed 700 this year, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and the Regina Humane Society have launched a new program aimed at teaching kids how to interact with dogs.
Seventy-six per-cent of animal bites reported in children under the age of 12 were from dogs.
The Be Dog Smart program hopes to reduce that number.
Bill Thorn with the Regina Humane Society says the program teaches young children what dogs need from us as humans, and more safe practices as kids get older.
“As we get older, we learn how to approach an animal,” Thorn said. “Asking permission of a pet owner if you’re passing them on the street and you want to pet the dog. That dog may not like strangers, or it may not react well to children.”
The RQHR investigated 675 potential rabies exposures last year, 455 were from dog bites.
Rabies, while 100 per-cent fatal once symptoms occur is treated in humans by a series of very effective vaccinations .
Since 2007 there has only been one fatal case of rabies in a human in Saskatchewan.