It’s national dog bite prevention week and we would like to share a few tips on how to prevent dog bite accidents to happen. With a little care and attention you too can prevent them.
Any dog can bite. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite if provoked. Most people are bitten by their own dog or one they know.
What we should do
Be cautious around strange dogs and treat your own pet with respect. Because children are the most common victims of dog bites, parents and caregivers should:
- NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog
- Be alert for potentially dangerous situations.
- Teach children – including toddlers – to be careful around pets. Children must be taught NOT to approach strange dogs or try to pet dogs by reaching through fences. Teach your children to ask permission from the dog’s owner before petting the dog.
How to stop a dog attack we should do
- Don’t run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things. Don’t give them a reason to become excited or aggressive.
- Never disturb a dog that’s caring for puppies, sleeping or eating. Never reach through or over a fence to pet a dog. Dogs can be protective of their territory, and may interpret your action as a threat.
- If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.
- If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t scream or yell. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don’t turn and run.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.
Remember, be a responsible pet owner.
License your dog with your community as required. Obey leash laws. If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates are secure. Dogs are social animals; spending time with your pet is important. Dogs that are frequently left alone have a greater chance of developing behavioural problems. Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation.
Feel free, always, to get in touch with us for any advice or info.