Dog Bite Safety
DOG BITE SAFETY
Why do dogs bite? Surprisingly, most bites occur in the home, by a dog known to the child. But most importantly, many bites are avoidable, through lessons reinforced in the home. Learning to read a dogs’ body language is a first step to preventing injuries.
Dogs use their own unique signals and clues to warn us that they
Other situations in which a bite is likely include approaching a barking, or clearly frightened dog; trying to pet dogs who are tethered, behind a fence, or in someone’s car.
Children should never approach a strange dog. They should be instructed to always ask an adult for advice and let the adult make the decision about how to approach or investigate the situation. Even a dog who is leashed and being walked should not be approached without asking for and obtaining his guardian’s permission.
While most children are bitten by dogs they know, sometimes stray dogs may approach a child and may bite. It’s important to teach children not to run and scream, but rather to stand still and straight “like a tree,."
A dog may be about to bite if he’s leaning forward with his weight over his front legs and and he has a stiff tail, which may actually be wagging, but stiffly and quickly rather than loosely and happily.
His fur may be standing up on his neck, he may be moving with a stiff-legged, slow gait and he may be growling.
If a dog is startled unexpectedly from a hug or a kiss on the face; a dog may bite without warning.
Approaching or bothering a dog who is eating, chewing a toy,
|Dog Bite Safety by the ASPCA|