Eliminate the risks of having your dog bite another person. Here you will find some practical tips from both the Center for Disease Control and the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.
- Spray/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies). [CDC] and a dog’s desire to roam. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
- Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog. [CDC]
- Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling). [CDC] Don’t encourage your dog to be unacceptably aggressive. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
- Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling). [CDC] introduce the dog to different people and situations so it won’t be nervous or frightened in social settings. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
- Train your dog. This will enable your family to learn to teach the dog manners and be able to safely control it. Attending a class along with other dogs and people will help socialize your dog. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
- Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible breeders) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors. [CDC]
- Before you bring a dog into your household consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for your household. [CDC]
- Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children. [CDC]
- Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog. If a child seems frightened by dogs, wait before bringing a dog into your household. [CDC]
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into a household with an infant or toddler. [CDC]
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