Preventing Dog Bites- A Dog Owners Guide
The American Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit organization that works to provide current information on all things pet related. From animal health to current news the AVMA has you, as a pet owner, covered. In this article we will be looking at the steps you can take to prevent your dog from biting. Please read on to learn more about how you can protect yourself and those around you.
Any Dog can Bite
According to the AVMA, “Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite if provoked.” The vast majority of people who are bitten are bitten by their own dog or a dog they know.
High-risk for Dog Bites
Children are bitten at a much higher rate than adults. In addition, the elderly, home service providers, meter readers and mail carriers are more likely to be bitten.
- Talk to the vet- Be sure to speak with a veterinarian before getting a dog. Your vet can talk to you about typical breed characteristics and can give an assessment of the dogs’ basic behaviors.
- Socialize your pet- A puppy must be slowly and safely introduced to new situations. Be sure to bring your puppy around other people, animals and places to ensure that he does not feel scared away from home.
- Wait- Most dog bites are seen in very young children. If you have very young children wait until they are older than four.
- Train your dog- Even the most basic commands are important for every dog. Sit, stay, no and come will help your dog stay under control and will make your time together more enjoyable.
- Keep it healthy- A well dog is a happy dog and a happy dog is less likely to bite. Ensure that your dog is feeling well and that she has current immunizations.
- Neuter or spay your dog- This not only keeps dog populations in check studies have shown that altered dogs are less likely to bite.
- Be responsible- Use common sense. License your dog, obey leash laws, have a fenced yard and spend time with them. Dogs that are around people often are less likely to develop a behavioral problem.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information here helps prevent dog bites across Connecticut (Conn). A dog attack can leave a child or an adult with long lasting mental and physical scars.