Young children are the most common dog bite victims, so our MHS bite prevention education is often aimed at children, but it applies to adults as well. Moving quickly, high pitched voices/screaming, direct eye contact, teasing, hugging or kissing (especially unfamiliar dogs), or approaching strange dogs (especially in its vehicle or yard) can increase the possibility of a bite. If a dog approaches aggressively we tell kids to “be like a tree” (motionless). If knocked down by a dog “be like a log” (roll into a ball and lay still). Dog owners can help prevent dog bites by taking training classes with your dog, ensuring they are well socialized, having them spayed/neutered, and keeping them on a leash.
There is a wealth of information available on how to prevent dog bites. Take time to research and understand dog behavior. Our canine friends are worth the effort.
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