Dog bites are on the rise according to the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality “the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bites almost doubled over a 15 year period, increasing to 9,500 in 2008 from 5,100 in 1993. In an informal survey of children conducted by “Be a Tree” program out of the 859 children who filled out a questionnaire, 54% had been bitten. The conclusion is that there is a dog bite problem and it affects children and dogs the most. Most dog bites do not occur without warning and most dogs who bite risk euthanasia. So how can we keep both kids and dogs safe?
Last year I became a “Be A Tree” presenter. As a dog trainer I Speak Dog. I have many years of experience reading dog body language. This is important in bite prevention because the majority of dog bites are provoked unintentionally by children who mean well but are unable to Speak dog. My job as a Be a Tree presenter is to help children Speak Dog. Because happy dogs are less likely to bite and happy dogs come from understanding dog body language. There is an excellent book available from Amazon.com titled “May I pet Your Dog?” I would highly recommend this book to all parents of small children. I also work with children to teach them what to do if they encounter a strange dog. I work to educate children because knowledge is power and could save their life and that of their canine companion.
I offer presentations to children FREE of charge for non-profit groups. So please contact me today if you are interested in a presentation for the children in your community. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes education and empowerment to keep our children and canine companions safe. Call today.