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Keeping kids safe from dog bites

Recently, dog training has become more of a science than a hobby. Though some myths still mislead us when assessing our dogs' behavior.
Recently, dog training has become more of a science than a hobby. Though some myths still mislead us when assessing our dogs' behavior. (hans peta/SXC)

According to a new report released from State Farm, Florida is the seventh highest state in the country when it comes to paying out claims for dog bites.

The report also said that children make up 50 percent of all dog-related injury victims, and a survey of over 700 children showed that kids lack an understanding of dog behaviors, which contributes to those injuries.

In an attempt to help educate kids on dog behavior the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition created a survey designed to find out what kids know and what they need to know.

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Out of the 12 question quiz, no child answered all twelve questions correctly and 34 percent of the kids who took the English language quiz said they had been bitten by a dog and 50 percent of kids who took the Spanish quiz said they had been bitten. 

In an effort to help inform kids about what they need to know to stay safe and what adults need to do to teach kids, State Farm has released the quiz and the answers to help.

Do Dogs Like Hugs? Knowing the Correct Answer May Prevent a Dog Bite

1. Is it okay to open a door and let dogs out when a letter carrier drops off mail? (No)
2. Does an angry dog ever wag his tail? (Yes)
3. Do dogs like to be kissed and hugged? (No)
4. If you know a dog, is it okay to reach through a car window or a fence to pet it? (No)
5. If a dog is chasing you, should you try to run away? (No)
6. Is it important to ask an owner for permission before you pet their dog? (Yes)
7. Is it okay to pet a dog while it is eating? (No)
8. Is it okay to hit or yell at your dog if it doesn't listen to you? (No)
9. Is a scared dog as dangerous as an angry dog? (Yes)
10. Are there only certain breeds (or types) of dogs that bite? (No)
11. Do dogs use their body to tell you how they feel? (Yes)
12. Does a good dog owner leave his dog chained up outside all day? (No)

State Farm also said that insurance is an important part of protecting yourself and being a responsible dog owner.

When renting a property, make sure to have rental insurance because most landlords do not provide coverage if there is a dog bite on their property.

Homeowners who own dogs should check with their insurance, agent and find out what is covered under a standard homeowner policy when it comes to dogs.

Anyone looking for more information about dog behavior and the answers to the quiz can follow the link to the full quiz with answer explanations.