Preventing Dog Bites

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"Every dog has the potential to bite."

It calls attention to one of the nation's most reported public health problems, dog bites.

As part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week Master's Boarding provided tips on how to be a responsible pet owner, and what to do if you're ever attacked by a dog.

"It's not the dogs fault if they get into problems with a dog bite it's the people that either bred them or train them, or own them, and that's the most important responsibility we have with dogs," says Tammy Weldon, Owner of Master's Dog Kennel.

Weldon specializes in obedience training and says in order to prevent attacks we must first learn the reasons as to why a dog bites.

"They can bite out of fear. They can bite out of pain, and fear is their perceived fear, such as a fear of being cornered. Fear of being chased is a perceived fear of a dog."

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States but it's not necessarily about the breed but the deed when it comes to preventing future attacks.

"All dogs have teeth so therefore if all dogs have teeth then they have the potential to be able to bite but it's a matter of knowing your dog and being able to read the dog," says Weldon.

So what should you do if you're dog is prone to aggression?

"You should have a confined area. Dogs chained become more aggressive so chaining a dog up is very dangerous way to confine a dog so a six foot chain linked fence, having a beware of dog sign up, and telling people caution," says Weldon.

With every dog having the potential to bite she stresses obedience training.

"Every dog should have some training before they're 16 weeks of age because that is when they imprint, and most people don't realize that puppies go through fear periods from 8 to 10 weeks and 7 to 9 months."

If you are confronted by an aggressive dog Weldon says don't run, don't yell, and slowly back away to a safe space.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says children are the most common victims of dog bites and most of those bites happen during everyday activities with a familiar dog.


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