Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Hopefully you could identify the dog so you did not have to go through the pain of rabies shots.
If you haven’t been bitten by a dog, you’re actually in the minority. There are more than 52,000,000 dogs in the United States alone. Approximately one-third of all homes have a dog as a pet. So it’s not surprising that according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people a year are bitten by dogs, with one in five people requiring medical attention.
Dog bites with children are a big problem, causing more health problems than measles, mumps and whooping cough combined! Believe it or not, they are more common than injuries from bike accidents, playground injuries, mopeds, skateboards or ATVs. In fact, 50% of children will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Why? Because small children are often the same height as a dog and tend to push and pull on the dog thinking they are being playful.
Dog Bite Prevention Tips
Here’s some tips that will help you and/or your child to stay safe:
- Ask owners if you can pet their dog.
- Avoid dogs you don’t know.
- Never leave a child or baby alone with a dog.
- Never reach over a fence to pet a dog as the dog may bite to protect his territory.
- Allow the dog to initiate touching and play. Don’t bother him when he’s in his crate, eating or sleeping.
- Don’t approach a dog if he is busy feeding or playing with her puppies. She might become defensive.
- Don’t tease dogs.
- If you’re threatened by a dog be calm and still. Running, screaming and hitting can escalate the situation. Avoid eye contact.
The most likely place for a dog attack to occur is in the home of the victim. The second most likely place is at the home of a friend of the victim. Seventy-seven percent of biting dogs are owned by the victim’s family, a relative or a friend of the family.
Does Your Dog Bite?
As a Columbus dog trainer, I have visited the homes of many clients whose dogs have a biting problem. This is the type of destructive behavior my 11 years of training can help you overcome. I have seen many pet owners think that their dog will not bite or harm a child, only to discover they were wrong. This is particularly true for owners who engage in rough play with their dog. Inadvertently, they may be setting him up to play roughly with others who might not recognize the behavior as play. Remember that even the sweetest dog can bite of provoked.
Call me to take the bite out of your dog! 614-859-0612