Warmer weather is here, and that means more dogs spending time outside. Unfortunately, dog bites happen, but there are things we as dog owners and dog lovers can do to help prevent anyone from getting injured.
I read an informative and interesting article by Mick McAuliffe, a Pet Behavior and Enrichment Manager. He says research has found more than 90 percent of dog bites are from dogs feeling threatened and therefore defending itself.
McAuliffe says children, adult males and people with multiple dogs are most at risk for bites.
He goes on to list some tips for preventing bites.
–Socialize your pet as a puppy
–Don’t put your dog in a position where he feels threatened or teased
–Walk and exercise your dog regularly
–Avoid highly excitable games, neuter your pet
–Teach your dog acceptable behavior
–Seek professional help with your dog develops aggressive behavior
I think it’s important to do everything to keep people and our pets safe. Many bites can be prevented, and it’s up to us as pet owners to do our part.
Posted under Obedience and Training
This post was written by dwagner on May 27, 2010