Dog Bite Prevention
Learning what to look for in the actions of a dog and how to prevent dog bites I believe are a fundamental tool all of our communities should embrace. Regardless of whether you are a dog lover or not, knowing how to prevent a dog bite is crucial. As dog owners I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that our dogs are not a safety issue when we take them out in public. A dogs instinct is to follow their pack leader, therefore it is truly up to the owner to lead their dog and provide the appropriate handling for overall safety.
All dogs can and will bite, period. Never think that simply because you or your children are familiar with a dog (including your own) that the dog will not bite if it feels threatened in some way. Dogs bite for a variety of reasons, and often children are the unfortunate targets. Many dogs find themselves confronted with a child who does not know how to handle a dog respectfully, then if put into an unknown situation by the child the dog will bite...and the bite could range from minor to life threatening. If the dog is ours we must know our dog, period. Understand what issues your dog has and be prepared to use caution when having that dog around anyone or anything unfamiliar to it.Teach children who come into contact with your dog,how best to handle it to prevent a bite (or not to handle it at all).
Unfamiliar or Stray Dogs:
Teaching children (and adults) these simple rules could prevent a dog bite:
If confronted by a unfamiliar dog here are a few basic tips:
- Stay calm and focused on the dog
- make direct eye contact
- stand your ground...do not run away
- try to prevent the dog from moving around behind you (it is preparing to attack)
- if you have a walking stick or umbrella use it as a buffer between you and the dog **never hit the dog with it unless you have absolutely no other option**
These tips are for informational purposes. If you own a dog with issues including aggression or fear biting please contact a professional to assist you in resolving those issues to ensure both the safety of your dog and the public.