Tips for Preventing Dog Bites


Lorri Hare, the director of The Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society, says it had a large number of reported bite cases last month.

The shelter had to hold seven animals in quarantine, just in April.

Hare says anytime someone’s skin is broken by a bite, the animal has to be quarantined for ten days usually at the humane society.

Hare says 90 percent of dog bites can be prevented.

She says: "A lot of times we try to tell people that with an animal bite it doesn't necessarily mean that it is vicious, but it was put in a predicament where it felt like it was going to be harmed."

Hare says any dog can be loving and caring. She says it starts with socialization at a young age. "If you go out to Petco, if you go to the park, take your pet with you and start that at an early age to where they're seeing different types of environment, different people they're interacting with."

Hare says you should also keep your dog confined to your property, but give it plenty of room to move freely. She says: "A loose dog is trouble whether it be with a bite, or traveling to breed with another dog, or just being on someone’s property as a nuisance."

If you have to confine your dog to a smaller space, Hare says to put it on a tether, not a chain. She says a chain can build the restoring level in an animal. "It can cause a dog to become more aggressive with age, especially an unneutered male dog."

Hare also says spaying or neutering your animals helps with their aggression.

For more information on preventing dog bites, you can log onto The Humane Society of the United State's Web site at www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/dog_care/stay_dog_bite_free/index.html.

For more information on the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society, log onto www.petfinder.com/shelters/KY18.html.


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