How To Prevent Dog Bites On Thanksgiving

Thankgiving and time spent with family and friends is a great time for the humans in the family. For theprevent dog bites thankgiving dogs (and cats) in the family, however, it can be a time fraught with tension and anxiety; that tension and anxiety can very quickly escalate to a dog bite.

How can you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving visit with your friends and family and keep everyone safe from a dog bite? We have tips to help prevent bites and we also have tips to keep your pets safe during these festive times.

How To Prevent Dog Bites On Thanksgiving

To prevent dog bites:

  1. Keep fearful pets away from children and from guests. If your pet isn’t accustomed to a houseful of strangers, he might be more comfortable in a room by himself.
  2. Don’t let your guests feed your pet snacks and treats. First of all the treats could upset your dog’s stomach. Second, your guests are risking a bite if they don’t feed your dog the way you’ve taught him. Make a “don’t feed the dogs” a rule for the holidays and year-round.
  3. If you have a large dog and will be having children in the house, the children could be face-level with the dog and this can easily lead to the child getting bitten in the face. Even if your dog is the most mild-mannered dog you’ve ever shared your life with, the frenetic activity of the holiday could stress him to the point where he simply snaps and a child could get injured.
  4. Watch your dog and pay attention to her body language. It is your responsibility to keep your pet safe. You can recognize her signs and you understand her body language. If she is afraid or anxious, please remove her from the situation that is stressing her out. Don’t keep her in a situation in which she may bite just to get away from well-meaning guests and children.
  5. A small dog, who is underfoot runs the risk of being stepped on and could lash out and bite just because he’s injured from being stepped on. Also, a small dog, will be face level with a baby or child, especially if the child is left unattended with the dog.

Don’t put your dog in any kind of a situation where he will come out the “loser” if he gets scared or stressed out and bites. Be a responsible pet parent and set him up for success – even if it means putting him in is crate so that he is safe and away from harm.

In our next post we will discuss items that could lead to a Thanksgiving disaster for your pet from a health standpoint.

To protect yourself and your beloved dog even further, invest in dog bite liability insurance. This will protect you even if your mild mannered dog lashes out and bites through no fault of his own.

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