Did you know that May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week? While all of our and your dogs and well trained, well behaved angels, not every dog out there is. As the weather gets warmer, schools let out, and we all spend more time outdoors, there are ever increasing opportunities to come across one of these "less than ideally trained" pups. In fact according to a study in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association an alarming number of dog bites involve children. So keep your kids, your dogs, and others safe by following these tips
- Spay & Neuter - 84% of dogs involved in attacks are not fixed. Source=American Veterinary Medical Association
- Socialize, Socialize, Socialize - If a dog spends most of it's life chained, in a kennel, or generally away from contact with people, they will naturally be fearful, protective, and even aggressive around humans. Be aware of dogs that appear to be uncomfortable, anxious, or even outwardly displaying "stand back!" type of behavior
- Maintain Control - Follow leash laws and keep your dogs under control at all times. Take note of owners who are in public places (ie not the dog park, not their back yard, etc) and are not keeping their dogs under control
- Teach your children, friends, and family how to approach dogs - We cannot stress this one enough as you ultimately need to be in control of your safety and the safety of your family. In general do not approach dogs you do not know. Even if you do know the dog do not sneak up on it, don't stick your face in their, and bend over toward the dog, and don't bare your teeth. Even smiles can be misconstrued by dogs as signs of aggression
- Healthy Pets - Injured, hurt, or otherwise sickly dogs can become more aggressive. Make sure your dog receives regular check ups and watch out for signs that other dogs are in discomfort or pain
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