It is estimated that 800,000 people have to seek medical treatment due to a dog bite every year. Half of the people who are bitten by dogs are children. Children who are under the age of 14 are at the greatest risk of getting bitten. Fortunately, the number of people being bitten by a dog can be reduced by taking a few safety precautions. Below is a list of tips for preventing dog bites:
Adopt From A Well-Managed Shelter
If you are thinking about getting a dog, then it is best for you to adopt one from a well-managed shelter or reputable breeder. The staff members are knowledgeable about the dog’s behavior and personality. Do not buy a dog from an Internet or newspaper ad. Many people who try to sell dogs by putting up Internet and newspaper ads are backyard breeders.
Additionally, it is also a good idea to avoid pet stores. Many of the dogs in pet stores can from a puppy mill. Dogs in puppy mills are exposed to crowded conditions. They may also be exposed to unsanitary conditions. That is why these dogs are prone to behavioral issues.
Train Your Dog
One of the best things you can do to keep a dog from biting is to make sure he or she is trained. There are many books and DVDs that discuss dog training in detail. You can also seek the help of a professional dog trainer.
Wait Until Your Children Are Older
If you have small children in your home, then you may want to consider waiting until they are older before you get a dog. Younger children are more likely to be bitten by a dog. Experts advise waiting until a child is at least ten years old before getting a dog.