Prevent Dog Bites On Memorial Day

prevent dog bitesMemorial Day, a time to remember the men and women who gave their lives for our country and to spend time with friends and family. Memorial Day has become known as the unofficial kick off to the summer season and that means you’ll probably be having picnics, going on road trips and your dogs will be part of the party! How can you prevent dog bites on Memorial Day when your dog may be put into a situation that is new and perhaps scary for him? We have a few tips to help assure you have the safest, happiest Memorial Day you can!

To know how to prevent dog bites you need to know what leads to them. 

  1. Your dog is afraid
  2. Your dog isn’t accustomed to young children being face-to-face with him
  3. Your dog is tired
  4. Your dog simply doesn’t like strangers
  5. Your dog is protecting his “resources” which could be you, or his food dish or toys

Prevent Dog Bites On Memorial Day

We’re sure you know that no dog wants to bite. For dogs, though that is their go to action because if you’re not reading his body language, a bite is their final resource. How will your dog show that he’s not happy?

  1. His ears will be lying flat/or back
  2. He will growl
  3. He may yawn — this is not a sign of being tired, it’s a sign of nervousness
  4. His tail may wag, but look at the rest of his body language to see if it’s a welcome wag or a stiff body, nervous wag
  5. He will try to remove himself from the threat/person who is bothering him

It’s up to you, as the pet parent to read your dog’s body language to know whether he should even be in the situation you’re putting him in. If you know he doesn’t like strangers or crowds, you will be better off leaving him home rather than putting him in a situation where he may be triggered to bite out of fear or frustration.

Your dog will usually try to move himself away from a situation in which he is uncomfortable, but if he has no safe space in which to do that, it is up to to you keep him — and anyone who may get bitten — away from one another. Don’t put your dog in a situation in which he can be harmed or cause harm.

Have a safe, happy Memorial Day and know that it might be best to leave your dog home with a trusted family member or sitter. He will thank you for it!

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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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