National Bite Prevention Week May 16-22 2011

Posted on May 12, 2010. Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Let’s face it, we all – humans and canines alike – have a bad day now and then, some more than most, but we humans can discuss our stress and emotions. Unfortunately, dogs cannot.  They may express their stress and anxiety with body language, vocalizing, growling and when feeling threatened, biting.  Dogs will pick up on your anxiety and stress as well.

Never approach a dog you do not know. When you do approach a dog, do so calmly and relaxed, with a smile on your face, and avoid eye contact.  Always ask permission of the “pet parent” before petting the dog.   A dog may not be happy to meet you just because he is wagging his tail.  This may be his way of exhibiting his anxiety.  When a dog walks away as you are approaching him, ignore him; allow him to come to you when he feels it is safe. Most importantly, never leave children unattended with a dog, even if you know the pet well.

Everyone deserves respect, and dogs are no exception.

For more information, visit:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/prevent_dog_bites.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/avoid_dog_bites.html

http://www.avma.org/animal_health/brochures/dog_bite/dog_bite_brochure.pdf

American Veterinary Medical Association http://www.avma.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/injury

American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org

United States Postal Services http://www.usps.com

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