Socializing Can Help Prevent Dog Bites at Group Outings
Over 600 Corgis and their owners hit the beach in Southern California on April 13th, 2015 for the annual So Cal Corgi Beach Day. What originally began as a simple meet-up group for local owners of the quirky-cute little pups with big personalities, has grown into one of the largest community events among dog owners. The spring beach day was not just a day of fun in the sun, it was also a day of education, funding, awareness raising for homeless animals and rescue groups. After drawing hundreds of pooches and their people this round, the event was so large that the group is set to hold a second event later this summer slotted for July 11, which founders of the group hope will bring even bigger crowds.
Whether you are looking to participate in group outings up or simply taking your furry friend out for a stroll in the park, it is important to be aware that their behavior can greatly be affected by their surroundings, especially when other dogs are around. Unfortunately, even the most docile companion has the potential to bite, and the likelihood becomes even greater when an animal is over exposed to new or unfamiliar stimuli.
One of the best ways to prevent canine aggression towards other animals, is through proper socialization. While it is best to introduce socialization at a young age to puppies, it is not impossible to retrain older dogs to get them more comfortable around other animals. According to animal behavioral experts and veterinarians, by exposing dogs to different kinds of people, animals and environments, which involves everything from dog obedience classes to vet visits to walks to the park, owners can help their furry friends develop confidence and ease among others. This goes a long way in helping them become resilient in the face of new or unsettling situations.
However, even will well trained and socialized animals are there is still the risk of a potential accident. A dog bite can happen out of fear, feeling threatened, or even over exuberant playfulness. A Dog Bite Liability Insurance Policy from the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O) will financially protect you should a human injury be caused by your dog, even if it’s an accident. Please contact us today to learn more at (855) 534-6495.