Dog bite safety

By Audrey Wise

May 6, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Nicer weather usually means an increase in dog bites.

Experts say even if you don't have dogs in your house, it's important to talk to kids about dog safety.

Peoria Humane Society Educator Kitty Yanko tells kids that any dog can bite, not to scare them, but to make them aware.

She said kids need to know how to approach a dog, and when to stay away.

"There are times when dogs can be more likely to bite. They could be guarding a special area in the home, a special toy, feeding times are never a good time for a child to be near a dog," said Yanko.

Yanko also suggests that parents teach kids to ask before they pet an animal.

Other tips from the Peoria Humane Society include:
-Never leave a small child alone with a dog
-Don't run past a dog
-If a dog approaches you stay still
-If you're threatened by a dog remain calm and back away slowly, don't turn and run

Contact the Peoria Humane Society for more information about education programs.