Tips for Avoiding Dog Attacks and Preventing Dogs from Biting

Here are some general tips about how to behave around a dog followed by recommendations on things you should never do around a dog, many of them provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. We also offer some tips from a dog warden and some specific instructions on what to do if a dog attacks you or appears it is about to. How to avoid owning a dog that bites is also discussed … [Read more...]

Controversy Over Pit Bull Ban

A ban on new ownership of pit bull or pit bull-type dogs went into effect on Monday, Oct. 3 in Montreal, Canada. Those in the city of four million people who already own the banned dogs are required to obtain a special permit by Dec. 31 in order to keep their pet. Pit bulls would also have to be muzzled when in public. There has been strong opposition to this and other changes to the city’s … [Read more...]

Why Dogs Bite

Even if you don’t have a dog you probably know someone who does. With so many dogs, it is inevitable to also have dog bites. A lot of people do not realize that most dog bites occur in the home or a familiar place. Most dog bite victims are family or friends and about half of the victims are under the age of 13. Stray dog bites equate to a small percentage of dog bites in spite of it being a … [Read more...]

Great Pyrenees Dog Attack Case Settled for $1 Million

A Colorado woman was the recipient of a $1 million settlement earlier this month in a dog attack case. Renee Legro, who was 33 at the time of the 2008 attack, was mauled by two Great Pyrenees dogs in the mountains near Vail, Colorado while participating in a mountain bike race. It was nearly twenty minutes before campers in the area heard her screams and came to her aid. By the time rescuers … [Read more...]

Dog Bite Studies Show List of Dogs Most Prone To Biting

Which dogs are most prone to bite? This is a difficult question to answer depending on whether you want to know which dog is more likely to bite more frequently than other breeds, or whether you are trying to find out if a dog’s bite has been found to cause fatalities to humans. Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, “There are enormous … [Read more...]

Dog Bite Warning Signs

Dog bites are almost always preceded by a warning sign or warning behavior. Although two thirds of dog bites happen to people who are acquainted with the dog, according to veterinarian and author Ron Hines, if you know how to identify the dog bite warning signs, you may be able to take steps to reduce the dog’s fear or stress and prevent yourself or a family member from being attacked. The … [Read more...]

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