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How to Prevent Dog Bites

Understanding dog behavior and learning their body language is crucial for avoiding harmful contact. Unfortunately, according to the ASPCA, children are the most common victims of dog bites — with about 50% of them nipped before they’re twelve years old.

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The next best defense is training your dog to be a “people-pup”. Dogs who are well socialized know how to behave around children and adults.

The proper training — preferably at an early age — partnered with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to channel a dog’s energy, will go a long way in keeping your best pal cool, calm and collected around humans and quadrupeds, alike.

Training humans about dogs…

  • Don’t judge by breed stereotype: Observe the dog’s actual behavior
  • Try not to stare into a dog’s eyes
  • Don’t taunt and tease dogs
  • Don’t approach chained dogs
  • Don’t touch an off-leash dog unless you know each other well
  • Don’t scream if a strange dog runs toward you; stand still, remain quiet
  • Avoid touching and playing with dogs when they’re dining (Hey, you don’t like it when they beg at your table)
  • Let sleeping dogs…sleep. You may not mind waking up to slobbery kisses, but don’t disturb dogs as they snooze 
  • Get “permission to pet” from both pet parents and their dog; let him sniff your closed hand