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