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Preventing Dog Bites
May 25, 2014

2nd Quarter Newsletter June 2014

Hi everyone. Since National Dog Bite Prevention was celebrated last week, this issue recaps some important tips, statistics, and things you can do to help keep your family and yourself safe from dog bites. We hope you find the information useful and valuable.

Inside this issue:

• Dog Bite Prevention
• Canine Body Language

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National Dog Bite Prevetnion

The 3rd week of May each year is National Dog Bite Prevention week. The American Medical Veterinary Association (AVMA) promotes this event with lots of valuable information including safety tips, webinars, podcasts, and brochures, to help educate and raise awareness about dog bites. Here is a recap of some important and valuable information from last week's event:

There are nearly 4.5 million people bit by dogs each year. Children are the most at risk for dog bites and should be taught these 5 basic safety tips:

Play it Safe
1. Do not approach any dog if the owner is not around (including dogs behind fences or tied up).
2. Always ask the owner for permission before petting their dog. If okay, pet the dog gently but not around the head or face.
3. Don't run and scream around dogs.
4. Don't go near dogs that are eating, sleeping, or sick.
5. Tell an adult right away if you see a stray dog.

Dog Owners Listen Up
It is up to us, as dog owners to be responsible. Train your dog basic commands. Walk and exercise your dog regularly. Keep your dog healthy. Keep your dog on leash and under your control in public places. Don't let your dog roam freely. Don't let anyone tease your pet. Train and handle your dog gently so he learns to trust people.

What If...
If you are bitten by a dog and the owner is present request proof of rabies vaccination, and get the owner's name and contact information. Clean the bite wound as soon as possible. Consult your doctor immediately or go to emergency room. Contact dog's vet to check vaccination records.

If it is your dog that bites someone please restrain and separate your dog to a safe place immediately. Check on the bite victim and call 911 if necessary. Provide victim with pertinent information: your name, address and phone number, as well as info about your dog's most recent rabies vaccination. Be sure to obey the local rules and laws in your area on reporting dog bites. Talk with your vet about your dog's behavior and seek help from an animal behaviorist and/or dog trainer.

Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to get even more info on dog bite prevention. Just click on image below.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Canine Body Language

One of the best ways to avoid getting bit by a dog is understanding what the dog is feeling and trying to tell you. Take for instance this photo...

Is there any doubt about what this Miniature Schnauzer is trying to convey? I think not...

Here are some tips to to better understand the body language of dogs. As dog owners it is important you recognize when your pet is happy, calm and relaxed and when he is tense, nervous, frighten, or even dangerous.

Relaxed Dogs
Ears are up, head high, mouth slightly open, tongue exposed, eyes relaxed, happy expression. A relaxed dog is content and does not feel threatened.

Playful Dog
Ears up, mouth open, tongue visible, slight grin, forepaws bent and front end lowered, hind end up, tail up. A playful dog is inviting you to do just that... play. He may hold this position for a moment or two before running around in different directions. He may bark and jump about but it's all in good fun.

Fearful Dogs
Ears are back, body lowered, tail down and tucked, legs slightly bent, indirect eye contact, brow furrows. He may display other stress signals such as raising a paw, yawning, trying to hide.... A dog that is fearful, worried or nervous is unpredictable and therefore potentially dangerous. A fearful dog should not be approached.

Alert Dog
Ears are forward, eyes are wide and fixed, mouth closed, forward stance, tail may move slowly side to side. A dog that is aroused or on alert is fascinated with something in his environment and is deciding to react depending on what else takes place.

Aggressive Dominant Dogs
Ears forward and lifted, direct eye contact and fixed stare, hackles raised, tail high and stiff, lips curled, teeth visible, nose wrinkled, stance is stiff. The Dominant Aggressive dog is ready, willing and able to fight, if necessary.

Aggressive Fearful Dog
Ears back, body lowered and crouching, eyes large pupils dilated, nose wrinkled, hackles raised, tail tucked, corners of mouth pulled back and lips slightly curled, teeth slightly visible, growls, weight shifted to hind legs ready to attack. Be very, very careful. The Aggressive Fearful dog facing you right now is in a defensive pose and will most likely bite if pushed.

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