Did you know that more than one million North Americans will be bitten by dogs this year, and about one million dog bites will go unreported. It's sad but most of the victims will be children. These dog bites will come from animals known to them. Unleashed dogs will account for most of the bites inflicted.
What Makes Dogs Bite
Not being educated and pet owners not being committed to training their pet is what leads to most of these dog bites. We must realize that dogs don't normally become a part of our families already trained.
Why Then Do Dogs Bite?
1. They will bite if scared, angry, or threatened. Even a dog that's friendly will bite.
2. If he feels he's cornered or crowded.
3. They will protect what they think belongs to them, like their food and toys.
4. Dogs will protect their space such as sleeping area,
yard, porch, cars and home.
5. Dogs are predatory by nature and love to chase
6. A stray dog may feel upset when lost or hurt and bite with a lot less provocation.
7. A dog being startled may lash out and bite.
How to Prevent Bites
8. Teach young children to be careful around pets. Don't allow children to play rough or allow puppies to bite. Not even play biting.
9. Teach your children never to get close to strange dogs.
10. Leave a dog's things alone like food, toys, bones, etc.
11. Most injuries are caused by getting too close to a dog's face with your own.
12. Refrain from running past a dog. They love to chase. Avoid getting a dog excited or aggressive, by yelling and screaming.
13. You never want to pet a dog that's eating, sleeping or caring for its puppies.
14. Stay away from dogs that are tied up or in cars.
15. You should always ask permission from a pet owner to pet his dog. Even if he's present and the dog's on a leash.
16. Refrain from swinging your arms or things you have at a dog. It may think it's an invitation to bite.
17. You should never pet stray dogs or ones running loose.
Its great to have a dog go on a hike or walk on a trail with you but we humans need to treat dogs with respect. Just remember to teach your children how to act around dogs, it will keep them safe.
17 Tips That'll Safeguard You and Your Family From Dog Bites or Attack
by Robin Shortt
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