70 million nice dogs…but any dog can bite
National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, with an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.
Click here for detailed information and brochures on bite prevention. Here are some highlights:
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
- Teach children--including toddlers--to be careful around pets.
- Teach children not to approach strange dogs or try to pet dogs through a fence and to ask permission from a dog owner before petting a dog. Click here for good information on supervising kids and dogs.
- Don't run past a dog.
- Never disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating
- If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still.
- If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Do not scream or yell.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.
There is also some great information at www.doggonesafe.com/ including this visual of dogs' body language and how to understand what they are trying to tell you through that body language. And a great description of how interpret a dog's wagging tail -- it doesn't always mean they are happy and relaxed. Keep you, your family and your dog safe! (Thanks to Your Dog's Friend for sharing the Doggonesafe.com info)