Preventing doggy bites is a necessity. Some doggys are friendlier than others, any doggy is capable of biting. Even the nicest doggy may bite when it’s injured or afraid. In the U.S, doggys bite are at an estimated 4.5 million cases. Majority of the victims are children and senior citizens. Not only are children more likely to be bitten, but they’re also likely to be more severely injured due to their fragile and small size.
Children and adults must learn how to keep themselves safe around doggys, but it’s important to understand that the doggy’s owner is ultimately responsible for its behavior. It is very important to learn how to prevent a doggy bite from happening in the first place. Doggy owners are also responsible for doing everything they can to prevent their dog from biting humans and other animals. Good thing, it’s possible to stop your doggy from biting someone if you take the proper precautions. Responsible doggy ownership and education of the public are the keys to keeping everyone safe.
Why Doggys Bite?
Doggys bite people when they feel threatened. It is their natural instinct. This is why it is important for everyone who interacts with doggys to understand what may provoke this aggressive behavior. Here are some reasons:
Sometimes, running away could trigger herding behavior or predatory pursuit in some breeds.
Waking up or suddenly approaching a doggy from behind can provoke it to bite.
Doggys may bite to defend themselves.
Doggys being abused or abandoned may be weary of anybody approaching.
Doggys not feeling well or are in pain, they may not even want to be approached or touched by their favorite people.
Stop Dog Bites
As a dog owner, we are responsible for our doggy’s behavior and are the first line of defense in preventing dog bites. Here are some easy tips that you can use to help kids understand the importance of respecting dogs and avoiding bites:
Avoid unknown dogs. If you see a dog you don’t know and it’s wandering around loose and unsupervised, avoid the dog and consider leaving the area. Consider alerting animal control.
If your dog is playing with a favorite toy or eating, don’t allow your child to approach. Some dogs are protective of their most valued dog toys or dog food and won’t appreciate being interrupted.
Let a dog sniff you or your child before petting, and stay away from the face or tail. Pet the dog gently, and avoid eye contact, particularly at first.
Socialize your dog. Allow your dog to meet and interact with different types of people, including children, disabled people, and older people under calm, positive circumstances.
Think about situations ahead of time. For example, before you attempt to make dinner with a toddler and dog clamoring around the kitchen, think through possible issues and solutions. Maybe it’s better if your pup or child spends this time having playtime in a separate room.
Never bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. Dogs in these situations are more likely to respond aggressively, even with a person who is familiar to them.
When the owner is with their dog, always ask the owner for permission to pet their dog. Don’t ever pet a dog without asking first — even if it’s a dog you know, or a dog that’s seemed friendly toward you before.
Remember, there are a lot of factors which can be stressful for doggys. It’s important to consider how your four-legged family member is feeling. Don’t forget a doggy’s basic body language signals can help identify potential problems before they arise. Doggys can bite out of frustration or fear, both usually come with a fair share of warning signs. We can do our best to teach our doggys to behave well around people, but accidents will happen. Let’s help protect everyone by teaching them to respect animals