My dear Pet Pals People...

    you just saw the amazing Wes Anderson on WISH TV , Daybreak News on Saturday May is some wonderful information from him on preventing dog bites and educating you and your child about how to act around dogs.

 *** My name is Patty Spitler and I approve this message!!!!!


            Dog Bite Prevention Week is here

  May 20-26!!


We love our dogs, but sadly adults and children are bitten by dogs every year.  What is especially sad is that many of these incidents are avoidable.  The goal of Dog Bite Prevention Week is to raise awareness of how bites can be prevented.   While the thought of a dog bite can be scary the actual number of injuries from dog bites is tiny compared to other types of accidents.  For example cattle or horses cause more serious injuries than dog bites and you are 5 times more likely to die by lightening than from a dog bite.*   Dogs get way more blame than they deserve and not enough credit for what they do to improve our health and happiness!


However, it can be traumatic when someone is injured by a dog and my heart goes out to them.  The best thing we can do is to prevent those incidents before they happen.  I have provided some resources below that I will help you learn more about this topic.


Some quick tips:

-Don’t stare a strange dog in the eyes.

-Don’t lean any part of your body over the dog (pet the chest not the head)

-Let the dog come to you do not walk into their space

-If a dog starts to chase don’t run. BE A TREE-fold your limbs(arms), look up or away, be quiet and stand still.

-If you have a puppy take it to a puppy class

-Always use positive reinforcement training (harsh training can lead to bites)


There are some great trainers in central Indiana who offer positive reinforcement training so be sure and shop around before choosing a trainer. 

If you are involved with a local school or community group and would a presentation on dog bite prevention I highly recommend:

Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT KPACTP

   Canines In Action,


WEB and books:

American Veterinary Medical Association (
American Humane Association

Sophia Yin, DVM, MS Dog Bite Prevention Slide Show. (
Book: * “Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous” By Janie Bradley

Wes Anderson

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