Dog Bite Prevention

"Man's best friend."  "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."  "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."  You get the picture.  We love our four legged friends.  Still, accidents happen and sometimes dogs attack.  Sad, but true.  Still, there are things you can do to deter a dog from attacking you.  Here are some rules to prevent dog bites from happening to you or your loved ones:

1.  Do not approach a dog that is not your own.  Even if that dog is with its handler or on a leash.  

2.  Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not like hugs or kisses.  This is the main cause of facial bites to children.  

3.  Never stare a dog in the eyes or put your face up to a dog's face.

4.  If your child is visiting a friend or neighbor who has a dog, make sure that friend or neighbor will supervise the dog at all times.

5.  Never try to take something away from a dog.

6.  Never approach a dog when it is eating or drinking.

7.  Be cautious when approaching a dog that is sleeping, laying on the floor/furniture, or injured.

8.  Never approach a dog that is tied up.

9.  Never try to pet a dog through a gate or fence, even if you know the dog is usually friendly.  Similarly, never climb a gate or fence to access the dog.

10.  Never break up a dog fight or get in between two dogs that are playing.

11.  Be careful when approaching a dog that just had puppies.

12.  If a dog gets overly friendly or hostile, be a rock meaning curl up on the ground while covering your head and face with your arms and hands.

13.  Similarly, should a dog get overly friendly or hostile, be a tree.  Stop, fold your branches (hands), watch your roots grow (bow your head and look at your feet), and count in your head until the dog goes away or someone comes to help.

14.  Do not punish your dog for growling.  Growling is a dog's warning sign that it is very uncomfortable.  If you inhibit a dog's warning growl, next time it may attack without growling first.     

Be safe!

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