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General Information - care, behaviour and training ... => Behavioural Issues => Topic started by: winterwren on May 23, 2011, 20:46:00 PM

Title: Anti Bite Month
Post by: winterwren on May 23, 2011, 20:46:00 PM
There are a number of factors that can cause dogs to bite kids. If adults educate their children about dog body language and how to interact, fewer children will suffer bites and more family dogs will live longer, happier lives.

Here are a some tips for preventing dog bites:

Before getting a dog, seek advice from veterinarians, vet techs or other knowledgeable pet care professionals.
Make sure any dog acquired by a family with children was well-socialized, especially to children, as a young puppy and into adolescence.
Teach kids to stay out of the dog’s personal space when the dog is eating, sleeping, injured or has puppies.
Don’t startle or surprise any dog –let the dog know when you are approaching.
Avoid hugging, kissing or any activity that puts your face in close proximity to the dog’s face.
Supervise all interactions between dogs and children and be sure that both adult and child know the body signs that indicate fear or anxiety.
When signs of fear or anxiety are observed, stop interactions between child and dog.
Provide dogs with a child-free zone in which to retreat—such as a baby-gated room or a kennel or crate.
Don’t allow children to mistreat the family dog, teach them to interact appropriately.
Don’t approach strange dogs without the owners’ permission.
Don’t approach loose dogs or ones tied out on long lines.
Don’t reach through a fence to pet a dog.
Don’t reach into a car window to pet a dog.
Do train your pet to obey basic commands such as sit, lie down and come when called by having clear expectations and rewarding the good behaviors with something the dog enjoys
For dog households with children, teach the dog good things happen when children are close by.

Title: Re: Anti Bite Month
Post by: FrankieBeee on May 24, 2011, 12:10:03 PM
Pity they called it this rather than a title more positive :thinkin: