Preventing Bite Danger

Bite Prevention Pt. 3








  • Learn the signs of a fearful dog.
  • Teach children how to behave appropriately around dogs.
  • Do not approach a dog while it is sleeping, eating, inured or caring for puppies.
  • Respect a dogs’ personal space, don’t get in their faces.
  • Human affection and Dog affection are not the same (staring, smiling, hugging, face to face) (Dr. Yin video)
  • Do not run with, from or toward a dog. Predator instinct.
  • Learn how to talk dog – several good resources, LOTS of bad ones. AVMA, Victoria Stillwell, Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson. Look for positive reinforcement and getting to the root of the problem. Avoid dominance training, punishment.
  • Keep yourself out of harm’s way. Do not try to break up a dog fight with your body.
  • Do not punish your dog if he bites, most are from fear and this makes it worse. You are also more likely to get bitten. Get a diagnosis for the biting and treat!
  • Teach kids to act like a tree or a log.
  • Learn to W A I T.
  • W – wait to see if friendly, if off leash or alone, walk away.
  • A – ask for permission to pet
  • I – invite – let them come to you, don’t reach out
  • T – touch gently on the body
  • Talk to your veterinarian!
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  • Common sense and proper confinement/leash
  • Make sure collar has your cell phone or veterinarian’s number, not your home phone.
  • Get your pet microchipped and keep up on the special features and perks in the database.
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