Preventing dogs from biting kids

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dog bites are a serious public health problem. Half of all children will be bitten by a dog by the time they are twelve. But some trainers say with a little education on how dogs behave pets, parents, and kids, could avoid most bad encounters. Trainers said any dog could bite - no matter, the size or breed.

Depending on the breed, some dogs are more likely to bite or nip compared to others, yet experts said a playful accident can turn into a tragedy. They also said more than 60% of dog bites come from the breed of pit bulls.To stop a bite from happening trainers said the dog needs to be trained along with the owners and kids.

It's all about reading the dog's expression, according to co-owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop, Don Hanson said you need to read a dog's behavior before approaching.

"I really believe most dog bites can be prevented. One, by training the dog. Two, by training the children and three by training the adults."

Hanson said you should not pet a dog on their head instead scratch their sides, chest or base of their tail.


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