Dear Friend of Animals,
April 11th-17th is Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that many dog bites occur when people ignore the warning signs and cues that dogs give us through their behaviors and body language?
Unfortunately, most humans overlook or misinterpret what a dog is trying to communicate, often leaving us unaware when a bite is imminent. The following are just a few body language indicators that suggest a dog is feeling threatened and may soon bite:
Especially when meeting a new dog, or while interacting with a dog who is still unfamiliar, remember to continuously monitor body language signals for indications of fear or aggressiveness. Teach children in your life that dogs are not toys. They have feelings just as people do, and remind them to remain vigilant and observant any time they are interacting with a dog.
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