by Duluth News Tribune
January 7, 2012 at 7:09 am in Duluth News Tribune
Many who are bitten report that the
dog gave no warning, but animals do
give us warnings often we are just
not tuned into them.
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And we should mention children when talking about dogs, (cats) aggression, because one result is a bite. Most bites concerning children happen in the face, because children like to get face to face. Most bites result from animals known by the family: their own, a relative’s, a neighbor’s animal. Children move differently than adults. Animals may be unnerved by that movement, noise, actions. Teach children not to hug or “smooch” anyone’s animal, actually, even their own. How do you know if dogs are uncomfortable with those hugs? Children don’t always read the signs. Parents should learn how to read warning signs and watch body language. We all know how we reacted when dear Aunt Myrtle came in the door and charged you with “How is my favorite little nephew?!”. She squished you with that big hug and big red, sloppy smooch. How did you feel the next time Aunt Myrt came in the door? You wanted to run, you ducked, you closed your eyes, admit it. Had she read your warning signs, she may have asked first before giving you a hug as she should have. Kidding aside, the same is true with animals. They run, they cringe, they tuck tail, and they snap or bite. Respect their personal space, teach children how to approach and when to leave animals alone. You never really know how they will react, so the best protection is prevention.
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