Can Dogs Smell Fear?

If you are afraid of a strange or aggressive dog and you approach it in a fearful manner—your breathing could be elevated, you may be sweating and hormones may be surging through your body—but can that dog smell your fear? Most animal experts believe a dog cannot literally “smell fear.” They theorize that humans give dogs stronger reasons to bite than odor. The New York Times Science … [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...]

Signs a Dog May Bite and Training Your Dog Not To

How does a person know when a dog is going to bite someone? It’s said that any dog can bite even one who has been very gentle or never reacted by biting in other stressful situations. Veterinarians say biting is most likely to happen when a dog is afraid or is surprised. Both situations cause stress for the animal who may think he is preventing an attack on himself or believes he needs to … [Read more...]

Scars from a Dog Bite Can Have Lasting Effects on Victims

When children are bitten by a dog, the animal tends to inflict bites on their head, face and neck. The child bends down to pet a dog and could be tragically scarred for life. Children tend not to be as cautious as most adults and their movements are quick. They get close to and overwhelm an animal and it reacts out of fear. Some of these incidents become very serious situations. Any visible … [Read more...]

Why Dogs Bite and What You Can Do About It

Dog bites can be a very serious matter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly five million people per year are bitten by dogs in the United States. Children are the most common victims. They are physically much smaller and weaker than many breeds of dogs and tend to be bitten around the head, face and neck, these bites can be very severe and possibly fatal. There … [Read more...]

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