Dog Bite Prevention Week starts on May 17, 2015. As part of this initiative, we would like to provide some information about a topic that people rarely connect to dog bites: responsible ownership. The very first step in preventing dog bites is responsible ownership. It makes sense when you think about it, especially when you consider the basics:
Selecting a dog. The dog breed you choose should be researched carefully. No dog should be purchased on impulse. When you pick the right breed for our level of experience, you are more likely to be able to adequately control the animal.
Socialize your dog. Socialization should begin when your dog is a puppy. Socialize the animal as frequently as you are able to do so. Your puppy should be exposed to new people, new places, and new animals on a regular basis.
Do not tease your dog. And don’t let anyone else tease your dog. Keep your pet out of situations that subject it to threatening behavior.
Train your dog. Every puppy should be put through puppy kindergarten. Older dogs should have at least one round of obedience training. Your dog should learn the basic commands of stay, sit, down, no, leave it, and come. You can build upon these skills as your dog ages.
Exercise your animal. Dogs need exercise. It really is that simple. Without it, they have excess energy that may be used in the wrong way. Exercise your dog for at least 30 minutes each day.
Avoid excitement. Avoid playing games with your dog that it finds highly exciting. Games of chase and wrestling should be avoided with dogs that are easily aroused.
Spay or neuter your dog. Spay or neuter your animal at the age that is recommended by your veterinarian.
Keep fences secure. If your dog is permitted off-leash in a fenced-in yard, make sure that fence is secure at all times.
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