Any gatherings can be a reason for worry when dogs and kids are involved. 77% of dog bites are caused by the family’s or friend’s dog. Statements such as “my dog would never hurt anyone” or “my dog is good around kids” need to be taken seriously.
All dogs have the potential to harm the human if they are backed into a corner. On the other hand, dogs use body language to communicate their stress, their disorientation, their discomfort, or they may even sputter.
But how many are actually listening to what the dog is trying to say. Many dogs have a one-way trip to the vets each year because nobody was watching or listening. People do not see potential dangers all too often because they feel too safe and comfortable around dogs and often are oblivious to the potential dangers associated with inappropriate behavior.
Supervision is the key, you must be in completely all watching times. Unfortunately, the word supervision today is not being used by many a brisk glance while doing something else such as:
- Having a family gathering or party, you can’t be continually both your dog and what is happening around you; your dog needs a safe place where it won’t be bothered. Dogs can get very stressed and people can do stupid things.
- Talking and texting on the phone.
- When you have to chat or have coffee while your dog is left alone with kids or other adults, yes I said other adults, they also need to know how to behave when a dog is in the company of people.
- Letting your dog off-leash and not looking where it goes or what it is doing.
The list is endless; none of the above is 100% supervision. Many dog attacks/bite bites can certainly be avoided if people were more aware of it.