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Keeping you and your children safe from dog attacks

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TYLER (KYTX) - Whether you or your child are familiar with a dog or not, animals can sometimes be violent. There are things parents can do to make sure their children avoid getting hurt.

Walking through the winding tree of Rose Rudman Park, you're likely to see several dogs.

Virginia Jackson likes to walk the trails but she's afraid of dogs.

"a lot of people have their dogs, but when they have em loose,...is this dog gonna come after me am I gonna have to run," said Jackson

Sheila Kamps is Jackson's walking buddy. She knows what she wouldn't do if a dog seemed like it would attack.

"Running I don't think is the best thing," said Kamps

Dog trainer Larry Archer said she's absolutely right.

"If there's some snarling going on the last thing I want to do is run."

He said if a dog is coming at you stand your ground, put your hands palm down in front of you and firmly yell no, then slowly back away.

It's never a good idea to go up to a dog you don't know. Archer said just because a dog's tail is wagging that doesn't' always mean it's happy and also if the hair on their back is standing up that's not a clear sign they'll attack, just that they are alert.

However when it comes to children, safety measures should be taken even more seriously. He said even when kids are playing to pay attention that they aren't playing too rough with a dog.

"Kids like to hug dogs, you really don't see dogs handing out hugs."

Archer said because kids are closer to a dog's eye level, that makes dogs feel like they are equal to a child.

"It doesn't matter if it's a poodle or if its' a mastiff. They're dogs that's the nature of a dog is being a predator."

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