What Does ‘DOG BITE PREVENTION’ Mean To Us?

by Varsha Vittal

“Kindness Can Kindle A Dog’s Heart”

Dogs are an integral part of our community. They stand guard and protect us from miscreants. Understanding how to treat dogs can prevent dog bites. However, dog bites can lead to serious infection due the bacteria that gets transmitted when bitten. 

Understanding how a dog’s nature and human behavior is co-related, can help us prevent dog bites.

Why Do Dogs Bite?

There are several reasons behind why dogs bite! be it a stray or a pet. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Remember, it is not a dog's breed that determines whether it will bite, but rather the dog's individual history and behavior.

Dogs can bite when they are hungry or angry. Just like the way we do not like anybody taking away our belongings, dogs are possessive about their food, toys and puppies. Dogs are social animals, isolating them can disturb their mental health as well. 

First-Aid For Dog Bite

  • Wash the wound with warm water and an antiseptic.
  • Gently stop the bleeding by pressing a soft, clean cloth on the wound.
  • Apply an antibacterial ointment and cover the wound with a sterile bandage.
  • See a doctor as early as possible.

Bearing in mind few simple factors can help us have a healthy relationship with dogs.

 10 Commandments To Avoid A Dog Bite

  1. Be Gentle - Graciously pet your dog and ensure they are comfortable. Teach your pup its ok to be touched and examined right from its puppy stage.
  2. Be Kind to Every Kind- Gently shoo away, if you do not want them around.
  3. Be Generous – Look and Provide for homeless pets who might be deprived of food and water. This will keep the dogs mentally healthy and peaceful.
  4. Socialize, Socialize and Over Socialize - Take your puppy out for walks , dog parks or other social gatherings with pets to socialize them from puppy stage right after the vaccination schedule. This will help your pup explore outside world, make new connections, and learn. 
  5. Educate – Educate the kids to be gentle and not pull their tails, ears or do anything that makes the dog uncomfortable. 
  6. Health checkups - Take your dog to the veterinary for regular check-ups and if he looks unwell or stressed.
  7. Keep them Cool - Provide fresh water for dogs and keep them home in a cool place, especially during summer.
  8. Don’t disturb - Do not agitate dogs by taking away their toys, food or their puppies. Refrain from petting a dog if he looks anxious or if the pet owner is not around.
  9. Be Positive – Don’t give up on your training and reward them with a treat each time they listen to you.
  10. Love - Dogs not only understand the language of love but they reciprocate too. Show them the love they deserve as they are among us.

Dogs are living beings who love to connect with people. Mutual concern for one another can help us create a healthy environment!