It's all fun and cartoons until a dog's survival instinct kicks in. Parents, this is where you can help. Kids naturally want to give dogs all the hugs and kisses in the world - even if some studies suggest dogs are indifferent at best to torrents of mad affection.
Animal behaviorists at Doggone Safe suggest parents follow the "ABC" approach to child and dog interactions.
A: Children should ask a parent before cozying up to any dog - and the dog's owner.
B: Be a tree (as in, stand still) if the dog is loose or too excited.
C: "Coochie coo," or just plain tickle, the side of the dog's neck.
Don't let this animation's clever style fool you. The tragedy here is twofold. A human is injured, sometimes grievously. And dogs often get the short end of the stick. They can be exiled from their family, banished to a shelter or join the millions of dogs euthanized every year.
And it's almost always entirely avoidable.
Want to learn more about how to avoid being bitten by a dog? The American Veterinary Medical Association publishes a list of crucial guidelines that could save more than just one life.