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Preventing Dog Bites

I want to help you enjoy your dog and be safe around dogs that are not familiar to you.

Each year, 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States. The ones at the highest risk are children, especially children between the ages 5-9.

Dog bites can be prevented. I believe there are some social norms that we must overcome. Children should never approach a strange dog, neither in public, nor in is someone’s home. I teach people to be more aloof when meeting dogs. It is best to ignore new dogs when meeting. This represents authority to dogs. Simply ignore them until they calm down. This means, don’t look, don’t talk, and don’t pet.

Fearful children and adults should exercise caution when meeting dogs. Dogs are predator animals. Therefore, they are always looking for the weakness in an individual. Dogs that tend to be aggressive may be particularly aggressive to these types of people.

Should a dog approach you, do not run or scream. This will illicit prey behavior. Remain motionless. Avoid direct eye contact. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still. Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. Do not play aggressive games with your dog, tug of war, wrestling, etc. Dogs don’t like to be hugged. Many children are bitten while hugging a dog. This represents dominance to a dog. Never leave children unattended with a dog. Last, spay or neuter your dogs. This often reduces aggressive tendencies. Especially if performed early in life.

If you experiencing any type of behavior problem with your dog. We recommend that you seek the advice from a canine professional specializing in behavior.

Now, go for a walk!


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