A canine’s canines aren’t just for eating. So Here’s the point – and it
can be a painful one.
More than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year. The number of recorded dog bite injuries is significantly higher in children, the elderly and service providers such as mail carriers and meter readers. While you can’t totally take the bite out of the dog, you can avoid his taking a bite out
of you. Here’s how:
SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR DOG
This will reduce his desire to roam and fight with other dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs are one-third as likely to bite.
TRAIN YOUR DOG
Accompany him to a training class; it’s an excellent way to both train and socialize. And make it a family matter. Every member of your household should learn the training techniques and participate in your dog’s education.
Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Don’t play aggressive games such as wrestling, tug-of-war or “siccing” your dog on another person. Set appropriate limits for your dog’s behavior.
License your dog as required by law and provide regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations. Don’t allow your dog to roam. Dogs who are well-socialized and supervised rarely bite. If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious. If he may panic in crowds, leave him at home. If he overreacts to visitors or delivery persons, keep him in another
room. In short, avoid stressful settings until you are confident of his behavior.
AVOID THE BITE
*Never approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tied up or confined behind a fence or in a car.
*If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.
*If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t yell. Speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
*Always assume that a dog that doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or as a threat.
*Don’t pet a dog without letting him see and sniff you first.
*Don’t turn your back to a dog and run away. A dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch fleeing prey.
*Never disturb a dog that’s caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
AND NEVER LEAVE A BABY OR SMALL
CHILD ALONE WITH A DOG.