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posted by Stacy on May 20

Hey Everyone!

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 18-24 is National Dog Bite Prevention week, and the US Postal Service is encouraging pet owners to take precautions to ensure their dogs don’t bit postal workers, or others. According to the USPS website…

 

Dog Bite Prevention Week Dog

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report that small children, the elderly, and Postal Service carriers, in that order are the most frequent victims of dog bites.

And, in a press release sent out by the USPS, they offer the following tips for preventing dog bites…

How to Avoid Being Bitten

  • Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch prey.
  • If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact.
  • Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
  • Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
  • While letter carriers are prohibited from petting animals, people who choose to pet dogs should always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.
  • If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between you and the dog, such as a purse, a backpack or a bicycle.

How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner

  • Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs.
  • When a carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room.
  • Don’t let your child take mail from the carrier in the presence of your dog. Your dog’s instinct is to protect the family.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to bite. Statistics from the Humane Society show that dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are up to three times more likely to bite.
  • Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time frequently turn into biters.

The AVMA and Prevent the Bite have more information on dog bite prevention.

With this warmer days approaching more and more people will be outdoors and dog bites will be on the rise. Please protect yourself, your children and your animals because…as always Animals Need Help

10 Comments to “It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week”

  1. Veronica Davis Says:

    Nice post. I don’t know the particulars, but there is some kind of vote going on in my area about banning the ownership of pit bulls. A man brought his pet to a friends a week or so ago, and the pit bull attacked a 3-year-old who bled to death on the way to the ER. So sad.

  2. Lauren Says:

    Interesting. I’d like to share a story about dog biting. A (former) friend of mine called me to tell me that her daughter was bitten by her neighbor’s dog. She had taken her children over for an outdoor dinner at her neighbor’s house, being that her children were friends with the neighbor’s kids. As she was sitting at the table, and the neighbor’s dog was by her side asking for some attention, her daughter came up to her abruptly, and the startled dog jerked around and bit her daughter on the cheek. My (former) friend lodged a complaint with animal control with regard to the dogbite. Her daughter got some stitches and everything was fine, until my friend’s 11-year old boy decided to go play at the neighbor’s house on another occasion. By then, the neighbor was placing her dog in a cage whenever my (friend’s) kids came over in order to avoid any problems. Despite this, and the fact that the 11-year old knew that the dog might bite if taunted, and would be put down if he did, my (friend’s) 11-year old walked over to the dog in the cage and taunted the dog, until the dog bit his finger that he had placed through the cage. My (friend) filed charges again, and the dog was put down. My friend feels that her actions were justified for her children’s safety’s sake. Honestly, I think this is a sad example of how some human beings have no respect for the life of animals and how people with children too often think that they don’t have to take any responsibility for their children’s actions when it comes to animals (or other human beings for that matter). Why do animals have to pay with their lives anytime a human being deems they are a nuisance? I sure wish I could have some people I know put down for being nuisances.

  3. Nur Sarah Lam Says:

    After reading this I fully understand “why those people got bitten by dogs”..

    1. They don’t know the nature of the dog where “dog chase us when we run”.
    I remember how I used to run and my dog run with me side by side..
    Then again when I come across any dog:
    a. I would ignore it as if it is not there
    b. I would avoid eye contact
    c. If the dog is following me, I walk as normal, no signs of panic

    2. They simply blame the dog for being fierce. I say no..dog is not fierce unless if it feels it is under attack..

    If only they understand the science of dog..then there is no harm to the dog..

  4. Stop Dog Biting Says:

    Excellent tips. Socializing your dog from a very young age is also an important step to prevent aggressive dog behavior, such as biting, toward strangers.

  5. Ronny Says:

    My kids just bought a family doggie he is so cute; however he has been displaying signs of aggressive dog behavior So when I found your site I was very pleased with all the valuable information.

  6. Tierheilpraktiker Says:

    I think it still has to be the responsibility of the dog owner, that dog bite cases should not occur. Sure you will still have cases where the dog was, so to say, forced to bite, but I think when you know your dog and watch your dog, you can prevent your dog from biting.

  7. David Says:

    I think it’s the owner responsibility to make sure it won’t happen. There’s plenty of dog training help guides that suppose to solve dog behavior problems.

  8. Matt Says:

    I think this is really good advice that everyone should know, b/c unfortunately there are some aggressive dogs out there. But I agree with the others that if the owner properly trains their dog and socializes them, then this is much less likely to happen.

  9. Tim Says:

    Great tips about how not to get bit! Like you said dogs won’t react to you unless you give them a reason to. How many times have we run from a dog as kids and it chased us down anyhow. Also the responsibility to respect the dogs is both the passer by and the dog owners. Every one has to do their part.

  10. MG Says:

    I do agree that a dog behavior problem reflects the owner’s/human’s personality. This website helps with solving dog behavior problems.

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