Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 10, 2012- In support of National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26), Home Dog Training of South Florida is offering free dog safety seminars for community-based organizations.
"Part of our mission at Home Dog Training of South Florida is to help keep people and their canine companions safe," said Robin Edwards, dog behavioral therapist. "We understand that dog bites are a serious matter, and we believe that more public education, such as the free community seminars we offer, can help prevent situations that can lead to dog bites."
Free Dog Safety Seminars
Each year on average, nearly five million Americans are bitten by dogs-and almost 50 percent of these are children bitten by their family dog. Of those injured, nearly 800,000 require treatment in a hospital. Dog-related injuries resulted in 31 deaths in 2011 alone. To combat such startling statistics, Home Dog Training of South Florida is offering free dog safety seminars for community-based organizations. Hosted by Bruce and Robin Edwards, these free seminars give participants dog safety and bite prevention tips while helping them understand how to communicate more effectively with dogs by using voice control and body language. Community-based organizations interested in learning more about dog safety-including the canine psyche and instinctual social structure-are invited to contact Edwards to schedule a free seminar any time throughout the year.
These free community resources expand on important tips for preventing dog bites and dog-related injuries, such as the following:
How to Stay Safe When a Dog Approaches
- Don't turn and run-dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.
- Stand still, with your hands clasped together in front of you. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.
- Don't put your hand out-just allow the dog to approach you to sniff you.
- Don't scream. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly.
- Face the dog at all times, but don't stare. Avoid eye contact.
- When possible, back away slowly, watching the dog from the corner of your eye, until the dog is out of sight.
Safety Tips for Parents
- Never leave a young child or baby alone with any dog.
- Never allow a young child to discipline a dog.
- Never allow a child to feed or walk a dog unsupervised.
- Never allow a child to pull on a dog's collar, ears or tail.
- Never allow a child to play aggressive games (like wrestling) with any dog.
- Never allow a child to pet a dog that is in someone else's vehicle.