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How To Avoid Dog Bites

Most dog bites occur in the home. More than likely, your four-legged best friend doesn’t mean to hurt you, but might get carried away during playtime and accidentally nip you. Other dogs, especially small ones, will nip at you for attention, and puppies may use you for teething. Here are some tips for reducing the chances of getting bitten. If you start a wrestling match, a tug-of-war, or even a particularly energetic game of fetch with your dog, you may be accidentally bitten. Remember, your dog uses his mouth to grip things. If you’re wrestling, this could mean your arm

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5 Rules To Help Children Avoid Dog Bites

Dog Bites and Children Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. alone, and nearly half of those are children. Many children are naturally drawn to dogs, but that can be the recipe for disaster. Here are five things you can do to help protect your children from dog bites — and to protect dogs, which are frequently put down if they ever do bite a child. Stranger Danger The most important rule to teach to children is to never approach a dog that they do not know, even if the dog seems friendly. Some

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Protecting Children From Dog Bites

By Edward P. Buchanan, MD It is estimated that over 4 million people are bitten by dogs yearly (1). Nearly 800,000 of these injuries require hospital visits, and close to one half of these patients are children (2–3). Although most people are treated in the emergency department and sent home, there are a few unfortunate people who require inpatient hospital stays and reconstructive surgery. The majority of these patients are children. The tragedy is that these injuries can be prevented with proper education. Why do dogs bite? Dogs can bite for a number of reasons. This is important for pet

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Agression

3 Keys To Stop The Barking

By Cesar Millan It is completely natural for dogs to bark, and it’s one of their most important forms of communication after energy and body language. Dogs will bark as a warning, to protect their pack and territory. They will also bark to express excitement. Those forms of barking are rarely a nuisance and don’t last long. That is why nuisance barking almost always has the same cause and the same solution. When a dog barks excessively, it’s telling you that it is bored and is looking for stimulation or a challenge.   Pack Leadership Inevitably, excessive barking indicates there

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Reality: Bites

By Cesar Millan A lot of people are afraid of dogs for one reason. They worry about being bitten. The number of people bitten by dogs every year in the U.S. may seem high — 4.5 million on average — but that’s only 1.4% of the total population. Dogs aren’t the only animals that bite, of course. There are about 400,000 cat bites per year in the U.S., although with a lower mortality rate. The rare cat bite death is caused mostly by infection, while dogs can kill people outright, averaging 31 fatalities per year. There’s one other animal that

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Agression

Los Comportamientos Caninos Más Comunes Explicados

La comunicación empieza con comprensión. Si deseas crear una relación mejor con tu perro, puedes empezar por esforzarte por comprender el significado y las causas que se ocultan tras algunos de los comportamientos caninos más comunes. A continuación presentamos una lista de algunas conductas caninas comunes: Jadeo Dado que los perros sudan a través de sus patas y por la piel de su barriga—la parte sin pelo—la mayor parte del calor de su cuerpo se libera a través de la boca cuando jadean. Jadear es el principal medio de regulación de la temperatura corporal de los perros. Ladrido excesivo Básicamente,

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Agression

Do Biting Dogs Deserve A Second Chance?

I opened the front door to a rubber arm. Not just a rubber arm, of course. It was held by an animal behaviorist who’d come to our door in search of the “aggressive dog” for which she had been called. But it was the arm that came through the door first. Polar the “aggressive dog” looked curiously at it, then peeked around the door to see who was holding this odd thing. It wasn’t the reaction anticipated by the animal behaviorist I’d called the week earlier in a panic because Polar had bitten a farmer, a woman who delivers our

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