During the warmer months of the year, people tend to spend more time outside. The same is true for many dogs. It is imperative that dog owners make sure their dogs are ready for this time outside, especially if they are going to be exposed to people.
Individuals can also take steps to reduce the likelihood that dogs will attack. Dog bite prevention is something that can benefit everyone. However, the burden for stopping dogs from being aggressive is on the owner: It is not the responsibility of innocent people who happen to be around the pet.
Dog owner’s considerations
Dog owners must make sure that their pets are properly socialized. This means that they are exposed to people and other animals. This must happen in a controlled environment and the dog must be taught how to behave in these situations. Typically, socialization needs to start when the dog is still very young, but it is sometimes possible to start the process when your pet is older.
When a dog is around people, the owner should be keeping a close eye on how the dog is behaving. He or she should be removed from the situation if it seems like the animal is uncomfortable. It is especially important for dogs to be supervised if they are around children since these young people might not be sure how to behave around the animal.
Dog owners who are bringing a dog out in public should make sure it is on a leash. They need to ensure that they are clearly conveying the dog’s temperament to others around them. If the pet is shy or antsy, it is probably best to use a collar or leash. It might also be a good idea to not let people pet the animal.
Visitors around dogs
If you are around a dog that you aren’t familiar with, don’t touch it unless you ask for permission from the owner. A dog who isn’t friendly can turn on you quickly. You might be tempted to run, but it might charge after you so be careful when you are trying to plan an escape from the situation.
Any person who is bitten by a dog will likely need to seek medical care. Almost 20 percent of people who are attacked by a dog will require medical treatment. The risks of dog bites range from severe scarring to infection. In some instances, the healing process will be lengthy and costly.