A dog. Man’s best friend. A loyal companion. Provider of unconditional love.
A biter? Could be.
A study found there were 70 million dogs in the United States, and the truth is, any one of them could bite. Even yours. Dogs don’t always bite because they’re mean. They could have food aggression, have been sleeping and been startled, or maybe they are hurt or scared. Many things besides a nasty disposition can make even the sweetest dog react with a bite.
Most bites that happen in the US happen to children and could have been prevented. That’s why it’s important for children and adults alike to have some basic dog etiquette. Here are a few tips:
- When meeting a new dog, ask permission from the owner. They will be able to tell you if the dog is friendly with strangers.
- Ask the owner the dog’s name. Calling it by name can help relax it.
- Never hug a dog you have just met. Many dogs don’t like to be hugged period, let alone by a stranger.
- Don’t reach for the dog’s face. Pet a new dog on it’s side, chest or back.
For more information, here are some additional resources that we like:
PVMA Dog Bite Prevention Fact Sheet
This downloadable fact sheet
This site is a wealth of information about dog breeds and their temperaments, size, grooming needs, and more. Find out which breed would be a good fit for your family or to add to a dog you already have. You can view breeders, search for available puppies, place an ad, or buy dog supplies. The blog section also has a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including dog bite prevention.
Dog Bite Prevention and Children
This colorful, interactive website is designed to make learning about dog bite prevention fun. With games, puzzles, word searches, and printable items such as puppets and coloring books, kids won’t even realize they’re learning while they’re having fun.
This site is dedicated to dog bite prevention with categories for pet owners, bite victims, seasonal tips, and a section for kids with activities.