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Animal Services Offers Bite Prevention Tips

Feb 8, 2021 | WCAS News

Winnebago County Animal Services keeps the people and pets of Winnebago County, Illinois safe. The organization recently shared these tips for preventing bites, a common concern for pet owners and neighbors alike.

Dog bites can be prevented becoming familiar canine body language: 

Dog bite prevention tips for pet owners: 

  • Socialize and train your dog, so that it is confident and friendly about the world outside of your home.
  • Always keep your dog secure on a leash when walking in public.
  • Never allow your dog to run loose off your property.
  • Always supervise your dog when it is outside, even in a fenced yard.
  • Visit your vet once a year for a health check and rabies shot. A sick or injured dog may be more likely to bite.
  • Make sure your dog has a safe place to be away from company if necessary.
  • Always supervise children and babies around dogs.
  • Don’t put your dog in any situation where it doesn’t feel safe. A fearful dog may bite.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Most dogs who bite are not spayed and neutered.
  • Bring your dog inside and make it part of the family. A dog chained in a backyard is not a family dog and may be less socialized. A less socialized dog may be more likely to bite.

Dog bite prevention tips for anyone around dogs:

  • Don’t reach over a fence to pet a dog, even a dog you know. A fence could make a dog feel more protective.
  • Always ask the owner first if you can pet his/her dog. Not all dogs walked in public are friendly with everyone.
  • Do not hug a dog that you don’t know. Hugging is for people, not dogs.
  • Never run from a stray dog. Walk away slowly or stand completely still.
  • Always supervise children and dogs together.
  • Teach children to be respectful and not hit a dog or pull on a dog’s tail or ears.
  • Leave a dog alone when it’s eating, sleeping, or playing alone with its toys.
  • Never stare down a dog. Staring could be considered a challenge to a fight.

More information can be found at the following websites:

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