Holiday Safety: Preventing Bites

The holidays are a time for joy and fun with friends and loved ones. However, your dog might view the extra company and chaos a little less appealing than you do. Change and strangers are not every dog’s forte, which means that you’ll need to take a few extra precautions this year to ensure that no one gets hurt. Your dog is your family, and making sure he or she is comfortable and calm during the holidays should be a top priority. In this article, we’ll explore how to achieve this to promote a safe and incident-free holiday. Remember, always protect your four-legged friend with a comprehensive Canine Liability policy, regardless of condition, age or breed.

Know your dog.

First and foremost, understand your dog and his limits. Some dogs are incredibly happy to have strangers walk in their home, others are more reserved and protective. If your dog happens to not love new people, keep him in a separate room or in a crate when guests arrive. Or, you can put him on a leash to control how and when people approach him once they arrive.

Provide a safe space.

Again, if your dog needs some quiet and gets stressed with new people, it’s best to provide a quiet space for him to retreat to when he’s feeling overwhelmed. A guest room, or your bedroom, should be his dedicated space with a bed, his favorite toy, and no kids or strangers around.

Monitor kids.

Kids get excited about dogs, but your dog might not reciprocate those feelings. Kids are unpredictable and often impolite with dogs, which is why parents should monitor their kids throughout the day. If your dog seems stressed, remove him from the situation immediately before he reacts negatively.

Get his energy out.

The day before or the morning of a gathering, take your dog for a hike, have a play date, or throw the ball in addition to having a training session. Stimulate her mind and body before big events, says Dogster.

This will allow your dog to exert excess energy without taking it out on someone at the gathering. If he is tired when guests arrive, he is more likely to be able to relax rather than be high strung about the stressful environment.

Recognize signs of stress.

The most valuable tool for an owner is understanding your dog’s body language. If he bares his teeth, whines, pants, or tenses his body, he’s not happy. Make sure to acknowledge his behavior and put him somewhere where he can relax.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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