May 19-25 is Dog Bite Prevention Week.
There are several precautions you can take to help prevent a dog bite. Not all dogs are friendly, but not all dogs are mean. Dogs may bite because they are protective, frightened or feel threatened. You should always approach every dog with caution.
Tips for Preventing Dog Bites:
– ALWAYS ask before petting someone’s dog. Parents: Always have children ask before petting a dog.
– When approaching a dog, go slow. Quick movements may startle the dog and trigger a reaction.
– When petting a dog, allow them to sniff you first. If they are familiar with your smell, they will be more receptive to you petting them.
– Don’t reach your hand over a dog’s head. This can be seen as a sign of aggression towards the dog and they may react negatively.
– Never try to take food, treats or toys from a dog. They may be protective of their possessions.
– Read a dog’s warning signs: cowering, ears back, snarling, tail tucked
– Never startle a dog. Don’t try to scare them or wake them suddenly.
A dog’s teeth are their defense. If they feel they need to defend themselves, they will bite. Use these tips and be cautious when approaching a dog.