The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that…
4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year
children are by far the most common victims
800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year
children are far more likely to be severely injured; approximately 400,000 receive medical attention every year
most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs
senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims
The AVMA states there are a number of things that you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how, or if, they should approach a dog. Information is one of the best cures for this public health crisis.
With this in mind Pete and Mac’s offers a FREE seminar to schools, churches, youth clubs, scout troops and other community organizations called BE AWARE OF THE DOG.
The program is designed to teach children about respecting dogs, and has tips that will help anyone interact with a dog not their own. With summer almost upon us, our kids will be out playing more and have more opportunity to interact with the neighborhood dogs – Pete and Mac’s would like that to be safe and enjoyable for our kids and our dogs. The program includes the following points and others.
• A dog can be a stranger even if you see them every day, like a dog you see on your way to school.
• Don’t pet a dog that is alone. Do tell a grown up if you see a dog out alone.
• Never pet a dog that is behind a fence or on a chain.
Additionally the program offers tips for interacting with your own pet at home.
• Do be kind to animals. Don’t pull ears, tails or hair.
• Don’t play in the dog’s crate or bed. These are special places for a dog to be alone and relax.
The program finishes with pictures or a demonstration of various body stances including ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, and tail and explains what those stances mean and if it’s a good idea to stay away or approach. Kid friendly handouts from Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS’s website are provided free as part of the seminar.
Be Aware of the Dog is a half hour free seminar Pete and Mac’s Pet Resorts offer for schools, HOAs, Scout Troops, churches and other community groups. While it is tailored to school age children it has valuable information for all age groups. Contact Pete and Mac’s at 866-PETEMAC (866-738-3622)
Stop by any Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort by May 26th for a free bookmark with valuable tips for kids. While you are there, take a tour to find out why Pete and Mac’s is peace of mind for your boarding, dog daycare, grooming and training needs. Your tour package will include an Attention Firefighters Please Save My Pets window cling to alert fire fighters you have pets in your home, and a Please Help My Pets wallet card. The wallet card has a place to write the contact information of someone that can care for your pets should you be involved in an accident and unable to communicate you have pets at home alone.
Like Pete and Mac’s on Facebook to get informative dog bite prevention posts all month long. Or visit these great sites for information http://www.avma.org/