According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, more than 4.5 million Americans become victims of dog bites in the United States. Most of these are children. However, most of these bites can be prevented, not just through proper education and training, but also through responsible dog ownership practices.
For instance, many dog bites can be prevented if owners drugs make sure that their pets are cared for in a manner that suits the breed. For instance, certain breeds of dogs need lots of place to run about, plenty of exercise, socialization, and a lot of training. These breeds don’t do well when they’re confined to the yard all day long, with little room for exercise and socialization.
Dog owners must understand that it’s not just necessary to feed the dog, and groom him regularly, but also to make sure that he has opportunities for socialization with other dogs and human beings.
As a dog owner, you can reduce the risk of your dog being involved in a dog bite attack by spaying or neutering your dog. Doing so can help reduce the development of aggressive tendencies in your animal, and these animals also tend to become more calm.
Dogs also need socialization. However, be careful in allowing the kind of contact that strangers can have with your dog. If you’re taking your dog to a park or any other place where there are likely to be children, don’t allow children to randomly kiss or hug him. You know your dog’s temperament and personality better than strangers, and therefore, it is your responsibility to reduce the risk of a dog bite.
Enroll in dog obedience classes, and avoid punishing the dog physically to teach him a lesson. Such practices can actually increase the risk of aggressive tendencies in your dog.
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