Would your dog bite? The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates tha more than 4.7 million dog bites are reported to local authorities each year.Countless more go unreported.
dog bites can range from a relatively painless nip to a fatal mauling. Dog-bite victims account for up to 5 percent of all hospital emergency room visits. Children are most often the victims. Of the 44 people who died from dog attacts between 2004-2009 24 of them were children under the age of 12. Dog attracts are the most commonly reported childhood public heath problems in the United states.
You may feel confident that your dog won't add to these statistics, and it is probably true that your trusty companion will never seriously harm anyone,However,if your dog does attact or bite someone,you could be liable for the victims pain,suffering and medical expenses. Potential victims include your letter carrier and neighborhood children. There are several ways you can aviod liabillity.Reducing the likeihood your dog will ever bite someone helps protect you, your dog,and everyone else in the commuinity.
Three Suggestiojns to Help Take the bite out of your dog
. Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Don't play agressive games with your dog sucj as wrestling,tug of war, or enticing your dog on another person. It's essential that your dog recongnize members of your faimly as dominant figures not to be challenged.
. Be a responiable pet owner. For everyone's safety, don't allow your dog to roam. Make your pet a member of your family. dogs that spend too much time tethered to a dog house or in the back yard have a much greater chance of developing aggressive behavioral problems.
. Stay son the safe side.Help your dog become acustomed to a varity of situations. If youo don't know how your dig wikk react to a new situation,be cautious.If you think your dog could panic in a vrowd, leave him ot her at home. If your dog may overreact to visitors or delivery people, Keep him or her in amother room.
The weather is getting nice and dogs are starting to roam. Please keep a eye out for your carrier, so that they can approach your residents with out interferance of their delivery.
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