Everyone Can Help Prevent Dog Bites

Dog bite prevention tips for pet owners:

  • Socialize and train your dog, so that it is confident and friendly about the world outside of your home.

  • Always keep your dog secure on a leash when walking in public.

  • Never allow your dog to run loose off your property.

  • Always supervise your dog when it is outside, even in a fenced yard.

  • Visit your vet once a year for a health check and rabies shot. A sick or injured dog may      be more likely to bite.

  • Make sure your dog has a safe place to be away from company if necessary.

  • Always supervise children and babies around dogs.

  • Don't put your dog in any situation where it doesn't feel safe. A fearful dog may bite.

  • Spay or neuter your dog. Most dogs who bite are not spayed and neutered.

  • Bring your dog inside and make it part of the family. A dog chained in a back yard is not      a family dog and may be less socialized. A less socialized dog may be more likely to bite.

Dog bite prevention tips for anyone around dogs:

  • Don't reach over a fence to pet a dog, even a dog you know. A fence could make a dog feel more protective.

  • Always ask the owner first if you can pet his/her dog. Not all dogs walked in public are      friendly with everyone.

  • Do not hug a dog that you don't know. Hugging is for people, not dogs.

  • Never run from a stray dog. Walk away slowly or stand completely still.

  • Always supervise children and dogs together.

  • Teach children to be respectful and not hit a dog or pull on a dog's tail or ears.

  • Leave a dog alone when it’s eating, sleeping or playing alone with its toys.

  • Never stare down a dog. Staring could be considered a challenge to a fight.

 

More information can be found at the following websites:

Bite Prevention from the Humane Society of the United States

Bite Prevention Tips from the ASPCA

Bite Prevention Tips from Dr. Sophia Yin

 

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