17 Tips That'll Safeguard You and Your
Family From Dog Bites or Attack
By Robin Shortt
Did you know that more than one million
North Americans will be bitten by dogs
this year, and about one million dog bites
will go unreported.
Its sad, but most of the victims will be children.
These dog bites will come from animals known
to them. Unleashed dogs will account for most
of the bites inflicted.
What Makes Dogs Bite
Not being educated and pet owners not being
committed on training their pet is the leading cause of most of these dog bites. We must realize
that dogs don't normally become a part of our
families already trained.
Why Then Do Dogs Bite?
1.They will bite if scared, angry, or threatened.
Even a dog thats friendly will bite.
2.If he feels he's cornered or crowded.
3.They will protect what they think belongs to them.
Like their food or toys.
4.Dogs will protect their space such as their sleeping area,
yard, porch, cars and home.
5.Dogs are predatory by nature and love to chase
6.A stray dog may feel upset about being lost or hurt and
bite with a lot less provocation.
7.A dog that is startled may lash out and bite.
How to Prevent Dog Bites
8.Teach young children to be careful around pets.
Don't allow children to play rough or allow puppies to
bite. Not even play biting.
9.Teach your children to never get close to strange dogs.
10.Leave a dog's things alone such as food, toys, bones,
11.Most injuries are caused by getting too close to a
dogs face with your own.
12.Refain from running past a dog. They love to chase.
Avoid getting a dog excited or aggressive, by yelling
13.You never want to pet a dog that's eating, sleeping
or caring for its puppies.
14.Stay away from dogs that are tied up or in cars.
15.You should always ask permission from a pet owner
to pet his dog. Even if he's present and the dog's on
16.Refrain from swinging your arms or things you are carrying
at a dog. It may think its an invitation to bite.
17.You should never pet stray dogs or ones running loose.
Its great to have a dog go on a hike or walk on a trail
with you, but we humans need to treat dogs with respect.
Just remember to teach your children how to act around dogs,
it will keep them safe.
Val and Robin Shortt are experienced campers and own
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