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Tips for Children on Approaching a New Dog

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I have to admit: when I was growing up (more years ago than I care to share, much less remember), the rule was that children did not pet strange dogs. Period. It was a firm rule in our household and, growing up, one that most other children I knew also were taught. We always had […]

Ask Alecia: My Chihuahua-Papillon Bites!

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Dear Alecia, Hi! I adopted a dog 2 years ago. They told me he didn’t like men from the beginning. He has bitten two men that came over and one girl. It’s always when they’re walking away. He recently bit my husband hard on the calf. He loves my husband, and my husband treats him […]

Free Download: Dog Safety Coloring Book

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Last week marked the conclusion of National Dog Bite Prevention Week…but teaching children good practices around all dogs should be done year-around. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a free downloadable coloring book for children titled Doggie Do’s and Don’ts: Dog Safety and You. This bilingual book, in English and Spanish, is available for free […]

National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Keeping Utility Workers Safe

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This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an important time to take a few minutes and consider if there are any steps you can take in your daily life to help make sure you and your dog are not among the 4.5 million dog bites in the US annually. We don’t have meter readers […]

Avoiding Dog Bites

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Dog bites are a real occupational hazard for letter carriers with the US Postal Service; last year, 5,669 postal employees were bitten across the country. (Houston topped the list with 62 letter carriers bitten in 2010.) Those numbers are small, though, compared to the 4.7 million Americans (the majority are children) bitten every year. Matthew […]

International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge Seeks Guinness Record

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We just received word over on Twitter that Whatta Pup! (@whattapup) will participate with Doggone Safe in the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge during Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21, 2011. The Challenge: This event challenges its presenters to visit schools and educate 50,000 children about dog safety in a single week, May 15-21, 2011. […]

Knowing the Reasons a Dog Might Bite

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This week as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, we’re featuring special tips about recognizing dog behavior from New York Walk & Train‘s Colleen Safford, named “Best of NY” by New York Magazine. Today Colleen discusses the reasons a dog might bite: There’s a whole host of reasons dogs may bite. I see a […]

Recognizing a Happy Dog

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In recognition of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 16-22, 2010, we’ve got a full week of tips about recognizing dog behavior from renown dog trainer Colleen Safford, founder of New York Walk & Train, named “Best of NY” by New York Magazine. Each day, Colleen will be bringing you signs to look for in […]

Preventing Meter Reader Bites

Special attention is being paid to preventing dog bites this week thanks to National Dog Bite Prevention Week…but it’s a problem that meter readers face every day. Recently San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced that 20 percent of its employees’ injuries every year are due to dog bites and some of those bites were […]

Staying Safe When Approached by a Strange Dog

May 17 marks the beginning of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an important program to help everyone–from dog families to families with small children–prevent and avoid bites. Today’s tips come from Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, on staying safe when a strange dog approaches. These are good tips whether you’re walking and […]

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