Dog bite prevention: It’s not me, it’s you.
The majority of the time, dog bites could have been prevented with some simple information. Here are some dog bite prevention tips from the ASPCA to make sure humans and canines alike can get along!
Ask first, pet later: We encourage everyone to ask the pet parent first before reaching out to pet a dog. A strange hand in a dog’s face may scare them, leading to a bite.
- Closed hand: Once you get permission to pet the dog, let them sniff your closed hand. Next you can pet their shoulders and chest, but avoid petting the top of the dog’s head.
- Times to avoid: If a dog is sleeping, eating, or chewing a toy, don’t touch them. When a dog is startled, they are more likely to bite, so respect their space!
- Verbal cues: A dog barking or growling is a clear signal not to pet. It’s also best to avoid dogs who are loose, behind a fence or tied up.
- Body language: Dogs use a variety of postures to show what their feeling. avoid any dog showing any of signs of fear, aggression or anxiety—no matter what else the dog is doing. A wagging tail or a crouching body doesn’t always mean friendliness.
- Stranger danger: If you’re approached by a dog you don’t know, stay quiet and still. Do not run or scream.
- Supervise young people: Don’t leave a baby or child younger than 10 years old alone with a dog. Teach your children to treat your dog gently and with respect, giving the dog her own space and opportunities to rest.
For more tips and information on dog bite prevention, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-bite-prevention.
Speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves
Keep up the good work speaking for the ones who can’t speak for themselves. A society who cares for their animals is a better society. Thanks for your good work!