How to Prevent Dog Bites for Parents and Dog Owners
This is Isaac. He's 7 years old. He was severely attacked by a Doberman Pinscher. No, this wasn't a strange dog to him. It was a dog he actually played with, over the past couple of months. The dog lived at a neighbor's house near his grandmother's.
The dog was loose and came running over, like he had done so many times before. When Isaac tried to give the dog "kisses" the dog snapped and tore into Isaac's face.
Thankfully, Isaac was rushed to the hospital and although his eye is extremely swollen, painful, bruised, and there will be probably be some scarring, his eye should recover just fine.
Sadly, everyone involved in this situation have suffered greatly and the dog had to be put down.
As a parent, mother, dog owner, dog trainer and behavior specialist, I believe with all my heart, this could have been prevented and had a happier ending for everyone.
Isaac wanted his story shared so he can help others. Thank you Isaac, you are a very brave young man. I'm so glad you are going to be okay! God bless you and your journey to help others prevent dog bites!
Here are 10 tips to help both parents and dog owners. If you think of others, please feel free to share your list in the comment section. Thank you!
10 Tips for Parents and Dog Owners to Prevent Dog Bites
1. Know that all dogs have teeth and any dog can bite, even those that seem nice.
2. Always be sure to have your children ask you and the dog owners before petting any puppy or dog.
3. Tell children never to put their face near the dog's face and always to pet on the back side, not near the mouth.
4. Dogs should be on leashes or chained up at all times. If you see a dog running loose report it, don't call it or try to pet it.
5. If a dog is running at you or your child, try to get away up on a car, climb a tree, get into a house, or up on some other object where the dog cannot get to you.
6. If the dog is about to bite you and you cannot get away, offer the dog a piece of your clothing (a sock, a shoe, a mitten, even your shirt) it's better than them tear into your arm or leg.
7. Every dog owner should be responsible enough to get their dogs into obedience training. A dog that obeys commands is way less likely to bite.
8. Never pet a dog when they are eating.
9. Never try to take a toy away from a dog.
10. And owners, even when you are just playing with your dog, please NEVER let them bite your hands. Always use a toy to play with them, so they never get the idea that biting is okay.
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