Prevent dog bites with some simple steps. As the warm weather is upon us people and their dogs are outside a lot more so I want to pass on a timely article I ran across in the News Sentinel of Fort Wayne Indiana.

Good Advice!

Don't get bitten, and don't let your dog bite someone

Animal Care & Control offer tips for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Sunday-May 26

Thursday, May 17, 2012 – 9:44 am

During National Dog Bite Prevention Week, Sunday-May 26, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control reminds parents to supervise the interactions of children with pets, because 60 percent of dog bites involve kids.

“Children may not always respect a dog's boundaries," said spokesperson Peggy Bender in a news release. A child who quickly approaches a dog and attempts to hug or pet it may be at risk by making the dog feel annoyed or threatened.”

Bite prevention education pays off, according to Animal Care & Control. By teaching children how to properly approach dogs and ask permission before they pet someone's dog, animal bites are reduced.

Animal Care & Control offers these bite prevention tips to protect children and adults.

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How to avoid being bitten

*Be cautious around dogs you don't know.

*Treat your own pets with respect and gentle handling.

*Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.

*Avoid unfamiliar dogs. If a dog approaches to sniff you, stand still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.

*Don't pet a dog by reaching through a fence.

*Always ask permission before petting someone's dog.

*Don't run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.

·*Never disturb a dog that's caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.

*If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don't scream or yell. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don't turn and run.

*If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.

Prevent your dog from biting

*Socialize your dog or young puppy, so it feels at ease around people and other animals. Gradually expose your dog to a variety of situations under controlled circumstances; continue that exposure on a regular basis.

*Don't allow your dog to be in places where it might feel threatened or be teased.

*Attend a dog training class. The basic commands “sit,” “stay,” “off,” and “come” can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of obedience and trust between pets and people.

*Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of-war.

*Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.

*Keep your dog healthy with yearly vaccinations. How your dog feels directly affects how it behaves.

*Spay or neuter your pet. Altered dogs are less likely to bite.

*Don't chain your dog. Chaining increases aggression in dogs.

What should I do If my dog bites someone?

Even if the bite can be explained (for example, someone stepped on your dog's tail), it's important to take responsibility for your dog's actions by taking these steps:

*Confine your dog away from the scene of the bite.

*Check on the victim's condition. Wash wounds with soap and water.

*Professional medical advice should be sought.

*Report the bite. Call Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control inside the city and the sheriffs department in the county.

*Consult your veterinarian for advice about dog behavior that will help prevent similar problems in the future.

*If someone else's dog bites you, seek medical treatment, and then call authorities with everything you know about the dog to help animal control officers locate the dog.

Dogs are wonderful companions. By acting responsibly, owners not only reduce dog bite injuries, but also enhance the relationship they have with their dogs.

If your dog bites someone, you could potentially be sued and end up having them taken from you. if your dog has ever bitten you or anyone else in your family, or has ever shown the potential to do so, I urge you to take action now. It's a problem that will only get worse if you do nothing. There is however, a solution. For more information, click here!

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Last Modified: July 16, 2015

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