This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we at Hannah are committed to providing members with Pets that are healthy and well-behaved. Our Pet behaviorist Dr. Rolan Tripp knows how to “nip” biting in the bud, and he shares some easy how-to tips in this video.
There’s no doubt about it. We love our dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there were 70 million dogs in the United States (2011) or one dog for every 4.5 people. More than 35% of all homes have at least one dog.
While some breeds get blamed for biting more than others, there is another way to look at it: There are 70 million “nice dogs” – but any dog can bite. These can range from a painful nip to a bite that requires surgery.
Some other findings:
- There are 4.5 million dog bites per year. Of those, 20% require medical attention, and 27,000 of those people require reconstructive surgery.
- Thirty-one people died from dog bites in 2013.
- Between 2010 and 2012, more than 359,000 children between the ages of 1 and 14 were bitten.
Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adopt a dog, or even choose one breed over another. It means you should consider adopting from Hannah, because we provide ongoing training and education so your Pet is a well-behaved, healthy family member.
Still, aggressive dogs are not always avoidable.
Here are 5 tips to avoid dog bites:
- Children want to trust dogs. But it’s important to teach them the “trust but verify” rule. Before approaching an unfamiliar dog, remind children to always ask first before approaching.
- Children should be taught to respect Pets. One reason for this is simple: safety! Children who are not given proper instruction can aggravate Pets, play too rough with them and treat them like toys. This can lead a Pet to become aggressive.
- Never disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping or nursing/caring for puppies.
- If you encounter a loose dog that is unaccompanied by a Pet parent, avoid eye contact, keep a wide berth and do not approach it.
- A dog that is poised to attack will have a tensed body, his/her ears will be back, the tongue may be flicking and he/she may be backing away. If you encounter a dog who is behaving with these or other threatening behaviors, avoid the urge to run or yell. Stay still and quiet with your arms at your sides and avoid eye contact. Once the dog has lost interest, slowly back away and get to a safe place.
The two most effective ways to avoid dog bites are choosing the right Pet and consistent and thorough training.
Hannah can help! With our Pet Matching process and Pet Aptitude Test, we can help you find the right Pet for you and your family. Every Hannah Pet is tested for health and behavioral safety. And every Hannah member receives lifetime behavioral training to help give your Pet the instruction they need to be the best companion your family could hope for.
Our Total Lifetime Care program provides training, complete veterinary care (including preventative care, emergencies, surgeries, dental care, medications and vaccinations) and high quality food delivered right to your home.
You can learn more about Hannah by visiting us at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall. Or you can call for more information: 360-816-8000