If it hasn’t happened to you, it probably has happened to someone you know. It happens to more than 4.7 million people each year. It is far to common a problem to ignore. I am talking about dog bites. Follow some simple steps to learn how to avoid being bitten by a dog.
A dog bite can be nothing more than a quick jab by some sharp teeth, or it could be a full on, take a chunk out of your arm bite. Either bite can be deadly if the dog has not had its rabies shots. If the dog has been vaccinated, the person who was bitten could still face a few stitches and possible trauma. Many people who have been bitten by a dog never get over it and live in fear of dogs. To avoid that, you need to learn how to avoid being bitten by a dog.
My mother grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. There was an alley in the back, as is common with row houses. The kids were playing and someone yelled “mad dog” and the kids scattered. Unfortunately, my mother didn’t get inside her fenced yard fast enough and the dog bit her in the face. She went through the series of 21 shots and it turned out fine, luckily. The best part, she never had a fear of dogs after the indecent. She went on to own several large breed dogs over the course of her life.
Sometime you may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. You cannot protect yourself 100 percent of the time, but you need to do the best you can to avoid a dog bite from your own dog or an unknown dog.
How to avoid being bitten by your own dog
– Make sure your dog has all the required immunizations.
– Have your dog spayed or neutered to cut back on unwanted litters. Neutering a male dog will help toward making him less aggressive.
– When you get a puppy, be sure to socialize him with other dogs and people.
– A dog that feels threatened may bite.
– Be sure your dog learns basic commands.
– Don’t play rough games with your dog. A dog that gets overly agitated may bite.
How to avoid being bitten by an unknown dog
– Don’t walk up to a strange dog and pet it. You don’t know if the dog will be friendly or not.
– Teach your kids not to taunt a dog through a fence, or to stick their hands inside to pet a fenced dog.
– Don’t offer food to a strange dog.
– Don’t assume a dog won’t bite.
Out of the 4.7 million dog bites each year, the majority of the victims are children. The second largest group of people that are bitten each year are senior citizens. According to AARP, dog bites account for one-third of all processed claims submitted through renters’ insurance policies or through homeowners’ insurance policies. Learn how to avoid being bitten by a dog and you won’t become a statistic.
Be a responsible dog owner.