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The good news is that most dog bites are preventable. It is important to learn to read dogs’ body language and recognize the warning signs of a dog bite.
Dogs can bite for several different reasons:
Preventing Dog Bites
There are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a dog bite. Make sure to never:
It is also crucial to always ask permission before approaching and petting a dog you do not know.
Like humans, dogs communicate. However, we miss what they are trying to tell us. Before rushing up to the next fluffy, adorable dog you see, put yourself in the dog’s position. Pre-bite warning signs in fearful dogs can include:
Even the most mild-tempered dogs can bite when they feel threatened or fearful. You can minimize the chances of your dog biting by being a responsible pet owner and doing the following:
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
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