NHS: How to avoid dog bites

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska Humane Society said that warm weather can mean more time outdoors for both pets and people, and lead to an increase in dog bites.

They offered up some advice on how to avoid being bitten.

Each year, 4.7 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs, 80 percent by dogs they know and more than half of those are under the age of 13.

Children are three times more likely to be seriously injured by a bit because they're smaller and stand at dog level.

NHS reminds everyone to always ask permission before petting a dog, and if it is ok, to approach slowly and let the dog come to you.

Never sneak up on a pet who is eating or sleeping.

Never pet a dog playing with a toy.

Never pet a dog behind a fence or in a car.

If a loose dog comes near, don't run or scream. Avoid eye contact and stand very still until the dog loses interest.