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National Dog Bite Prevention Month in May – Learn Body Language of Fear & Anxiety in Dogs

You may remember this high profiled video that began circling the Internet after an anchorwoman was bit right in the face on live TV.  If you pay close attention, you will notice she is invading the dog’s space and it is clearly not welcomed. The dog visibly displayed signs of anxiety such as panting and licking his lips repeatedly, yet the woman kept vigorously petting him and completely invading his personal bubble. Therefore, he felt trapped and retaliated.  If we all take a moment to educate ourselves on a dog’s body language, we could prevent many of these horrifying situations from happening.

Take a moment to read the below information and the diagram showing body language of fear and anxiety in dogs. Consider sharing on your social networks to spread awareness. Join this event on Facebook to show your support as well. You can also listen to dog bite prevention tips from Victoria Stillwell at her podcast here. Download a FREE dog bite prevention brochure, courtesy of the AVMA.

Source: http://www.athensvet.com/

Most Dogs Bite for Two Reasons:
•They’re afraid
•They think you’re prey

Why Some Dogs Bite Children:
•Children are at eye level
•Children stare directly into dogs’ eyes
•Children run and move suddenly, appearing like prey

Take These Steps When Meeting a Strange Dog:
•Slowly approach the dog and owner
•Ask the owner’s permission to pet the dog
•If the owner and your parent or guardian says it’s OK, slowly extend your hand, allowing the dog to sniff the back of it
•Pet the dog’s shoulder or chest – not the head

If an Aggressive Dog Approaches or Attacks Never run. Instead:
•Look away from the dog’s eyes
•Stand like a tree with arms by your sides
•Give the dog your jacket or anything not attached to you
•If the dog knocks you down, remain quiet, curl up in a ball and cover your ears. Most dogs will leave

Preventing Your Dog from Biting
•Spay or neuter your dog
•Socialize your puppy. Expose your puppy to many different people, animals and places, because a well-socialized dog is a happy dog
•Enroll your dog in obedience training classes. Ask your veterinarian for a reference
•Don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time

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Courtesy of Dr. Sophia Yin

 

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