After participating in dog training classes and having attended the annual APDT conference in Memphis, TN last October, we thought as key to share with our readers the importance of always approaching dogs in the right way to avoid unnecessary attacks and legal situations. The humanization of pets in the United States has made us feel extremely friendly with pets we see on TV, being walked by our neighbors, in a suitcase at the airport, at the mall, on the street as a service dog or maybe lost on the street. Regardless of the situation, it is important to remember the following: (1) dog attacks can be avoided when we arm ourselves with the correct information, (2) dog owners have a large responsibility to avoid dog attacks, and (3) approaching a dog in the right way is easy to do.
Dr. Sagi Denenberg, a diplomat at the American College of Veterinary Behavior, believes that people have forgotten that aggression is normal canine behavior. A dog expresses aggression when hunting or protecting resources, such as when a person who is very close to the dog’s food bowl receives a warning grunt. Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation either because of fear or because they feel threatened. A dog would attack someone to protect themselves, their puppies, or their owners; a dog could also attack if it doesn’t feel well or if they are startled. Acting in a non-threatening fashion when approaching a dog is the key to the beginning of a lasting friendship or a simple casual greeting. Although there are videos on how to approach dogs, the video that we share with the following link is considered recent and complete.
Our tips are:
1. Let the dog go to you and smell your hand, but keep my fingers and thumbs against the palm of your hand until you are sure of friendly signs from the dog.
2. Pet on the shoulders or chest instead of touching the head.
3. Look for bodily signals that indicate friendliness in the dog.
4. If a dog growls because we have crossed their comfort zone line, it should be considered as a withdrawal signal so as not to stress the dog even more.
Dog Owners Dog owners are responsible for complying with belt laws and other legal restrictions that help keep people safe and stop dangerous dog attacks before they occur. The behavior of a dog owner towards his dog will determine the personality of the dog. If the owner of a dog encourages aggressive behavior or abuses his pet, the dog is more likely to attack or bite. Injuries caused by canines accounted for more than a third of the dollars of liability claims from homeowners costing more than $ 700 million a year, according to recent data.
Conclusion Avoiding dog attacks is easy to do and only takes a few minutes to learn the basic skills; skills that could save human and canine lives. It is always worth-sharing with the community of pet owners or other pet professionals. Save a life by sharing this post; Two Dads and a Dog will be forever thankful.