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Preventing Dog Bites.

Dog bites can often be prevented. Dog bites are frequently caused when the animal is provoked, when playing, or when scared. The first step in avoiding a dog bite is to be aware of the dog's behavior. If the dog exhibits signs of aggression, such as growling snapping or showing its teeth, that is an obvious sign to stay away. Also if a dog lowers its tail, backs away from you, flattens its ears, or its fur stands up, the dog is likely scared and should be given plenty of space. In this situation be especially careful not to stare down, or run from the dog.

One should be particularly cautious around unknown dogs. Whenever possible, be sure to ask permission before petting someone else's dog. It is also unwise to approach a stray dog. Stray dogs can carry diseases, and it is not uncommon for a stray dog to bite out of fear.

Dog's temperaments vary greatly from breed to breed and dog to dog. Even friendly well-trained dogs under the wrong circumstances can bite. Children are often the recipients of bites, due to their unwitting treatment of a dog. Bites children receive are often due to the pulling of the fur or tail. Small children should not be left alone even with the friendliest of dogs for safety reasons.

Puppies will often bite while playing, not realizing that this is not acceptable. Bites from puppies can be very painful due to their extremely sharp teeth. Remember too that a dog should be left alone when eating. Dogs will sometimes bite when guarding their territory. This can include guarding a favorite toy.



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