Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dog Bite Prevention

Posted by Dannielle McCleary at 9:50 AM
I would like to discuss a very hot topic right now especially because it's in the news so much. We as pagans believe dogs are the gods/dess creatures. I never believe that dogs are at fault for bites,mostly I blame the owners. There are rare occasions where the dog is Human Aggressive, and the owners have had signs but have never done anything about it.

So where to begin: First we must teach children to always respect animals no matter what kind.Dogs have a pack order that they must learn to follow.

Two: Children when out at another persons home or out of the home when seeing an animal should never run up to it and just start hugging a strange dog. Always have the child ask permission to pet a strange dog. Don't get mad if the owner tells you or your child NO! I know plenty of people who are in rescue and rehabilitating a dog or the dog is in training for service work.

Three: Tell children never to run from a dog. Small children may seem like prey animals to dogs with a high prey drive. Stand your ground. Some dogs once you stand there and yell will turn tail and decide it's not a good idea.

Four: If the dog knocks you down that is unfamiliar to you roll into a ball and cover your ears.

Five: Always supervise children with any animal.

Six: Don't let your child mess with a dog that is sleeping,eating or caring for pups.

Seven: Never make eye contact with a strange dog. It is a challenge to the dog.

With any household pet you need to teach children and the dogs to respect one another. A child as young as 4 can help train the dog in the home with the parents help. My own 6 yr old has probably been working with our 2 yr old American Pit Bull Terrier since we brought him home at the age of 4mos. At 6 she commands him easily and he listens to her commands as he would everyone else in the home. Some days he decides she is top dog in the house and will let her lead him straight to his house when we have to leave the house.

This is what we have taught our children and this was taught to me as a child. Not to fear a dog but respect them.


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