TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - May 15 to 21 is National Dog Bite Prevention
Week and The Toronto Humane Society (THS) would like to remind people
to learn more about how to practice safe canine ownership and avoid
There are several ways that people can prevent dog bites, beginning with
carefully selecting your animal — ensuring you are aware of his/her
lifestyle requirements and behavioral issues, if applicable — as well
as being cautious around strange dogs. "Fear and anxiety are the source
of aggression and biting is the worst possible ending for aggression,"
explains Shaswar Ahmad Arahman, THS Canine Behaviour Specialist. "Dog
bites can be prevented by setting your dog up for success with proper
socialization, exercise and training."
Shaswar, whose core focus is accessing all shelter dogs and ensuring
they are behaviourally ready for adoption, says the most common
behaviourial problems he sees and treats canines for include different
types of aggression, separation anxiety and general handling.
Here are some of his tips on how to prevent a dog bite:
Don't set your dog up for failure. Build on your dog's confidence and
independence by introducing new types of safe stress to condition
him/her to act calm and relaxed at all times.
Learn to read your dog's body language in order to stop incidents before
Socialize young puppies so that they feel at ease around people and
Don't put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased,
such as leaning over him/her in a domineering way or placing your hand
firmly on its head.
Educate your children on how, or if, they should approach a dog. For
instance, never approach a dog from behind or sneak up on it in any
Train your dog. The basic commands "sit," "stay," "no," and "come here"
help dogs understand what is expected of them and can help build a
trusting relationship between the dog and its owner(s).
Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy, both physically
Avoid games that may incite agitation like wrestling or tug-of-war.
Ensure he/she receives the proper and right amount of veterinarian care
needed. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable
Neuter or spay your pet.
If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates are secure.
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs
of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and
abandoned animals are given safe shelter. The THS receives no
government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and
SOURCE Toronto Humane Society
For further information:
or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149