Prevent Dog Bites In The New Year
The New Year and New Year’s Eve is a great time to spend with friends and family to bid good-bye to 2018 and to welcome in 2019. Whether you’re having a house party, going to a house party or staying home you want to prevent dog bites in the new year and there are myriad reasons why a dog might bite. One of those reasons could be because of the fireworks displays that many cities host to ring in the new year; fireworks cause many dogs stress and anxiety and both of those states can lead to a normally docile dog lashing out and biting someone.
Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve party and welcome the new year in on a happy note, not with a dog bite or by being bitten by a dog.
Prevent Dog Bites In The New Year
Dogs don’t want to bite. That is the bottom line. We can’t think of a single dog who is on the lookout for someone to sink his teeth into. That being said, yes, there are dogs who may be inherently “bitey” but chances are you wouldn’t have too much interaction with them on a regular basis.
Your dogs and the dogs of your friends and family are probably mild-mannered and friendly, but stress and anxiety and unfamiliar situations lead to more dog bites than do getting bitten by a strange dog on the street.
- Don’t put your face in a dog’s face. Just as you don’t want someone coming up to you and invading your personal space by putting his face on yours, give the dog his space. Also, too much eye contact can lead a dog to think you’re “challenging” him and that could lead to a nip.
- Don’t force your dog to be social. You know your dog is amazing and beautiful and you want to show her off. Keep in mind, she may not want to be shown off and may be anxiety-ridden when she’s in crowds. If that’s the case, show photos of her and let her retreat to her safe space or her crate if that’s where she is comfortable.
- Don’t pet a dog unless you ask the owner first. Don’t be the reason for a dog bite. Rushing up or petting a stranger’s dog without asking permission is rude and can lead to your being bitten. You may frighten the dog. The dog may be an anxious-biter, and the owner knows that and if you just pet him and the owner doesn’t have a chance to warn you away you are putting yourself in danger and putting the dog in danger as well.
- If your dog is afraid of fireworks and if there will be fireworks where you live, leave your dog indoors. Don’t make your dog join you at a fireworks display. If he’s frightened of loud noises and crowds you are subjecting him to both. If he’s too big for you to pick up, you’re also subjecting him to being surrounded by legs and feet of strangers and he could get stepped on and that could lead to a bite.
- Pay attention to body language. You know your dog best. His wagging tail may not indicate he is happy to see someone. Sometimes a wagging tail indicates stress. Are her ears flat against her head? Another sign of stress and anxiety. Is your dog yawning? He may not be tired; yawning is an anxiety response in some dogs. Keep a watchful eye on your dog and remove her from a situation that may lead to a bite; don’t put her in a position of having to bite in order to escape.
Start the year on a happy and healthy note by working to assure your dog doesn’t bite someone and that you don’t get bitten by a dog. Don’t assume small dogs won’t bite and don’t assume that all breeds are either friendly or inherently mean — assumptions are what lead to people getting bitten.
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.