Dog Bite Safety
By reinforcing lessons and learning to read a dog’s body language, you can take the first step to preventing dog bite injuries. Less bites translates to less dogs relinquished to shelters and stronger bonds between people and animals.
A dog may bite because of fear, illness or pain, protectiveness, control, high prey drive or just because they’re tired of being bothered. Never approach a barking, or clearly frightened dog and avoid petting dogs who are tethered, behind a fence, in someone’s car, eating and drinking, or chewing on a toy. If a dog is startled unexpectedly from a hug or a kiss on the face, they may bite without warning. Learn how to read the signals and look out for the following warning signs to keep you and your family safe.
- They are leaning forward with their weight over their front legs and they have a stiff tail
- Their fur may be standing up on their neck
- They are moving with a stiff-legged, slow gait
- They are growling
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