Dog bite prevention is a necessity in today's world. Dogs are everywhere, and some are friendlier than others. As dog owners, we must take responsibility for training our dogs and keeping them under our control at all times. We must also help spread awareness to others about proper behavior around dogs, dog safety, and preventing dog bites. It is important to understand that ANY dog is capable of biting, regardless of breed or size. Even the nicest dog can snap or bite when injured or afraid. All children and adults should learn how to keep themselves safe around dogs. Most importantly, dog owners must be responsible for their dogs.
Prevent Dog Bites
•Put your dog through basic obedience training. Continue to keep up with a training program throughout your dog's life. •Allow your dog to meet and interact with different types of people under calm and positive circumstances, especially children, disabled persons and elderly people.
•Expose your dog to various situations on a regular basis, such as other animals, loud noises, large machines, bicycles, and anything else that might cause fear. Start at the youngest age possible, and keep the experiences positive.
•Do not discipline your dog with physical, violent, or aggressive punishments.
•Always keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced area. Know your dog well before letting him off-leash in permitted areas. Keep your dog in your sight at all times.
•If you suspect or know that your dog has fearful or aggressive tendencies, always warn others. DO NOT let your dog approach people and other animals unless the situation is highly controlled. Use a muzzle if necessary.
•Keep your dog's vaccinations current (especially Rabies) and visit your vet routinely for wellness check-ups.
•Always reward and praise your dog for good behavior.