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April 26, 2024 53 mins

As your go-to pet behavior expert, Will Bangura, I'm shedding light on the crucial topic of dog bite prevention, sharing insights that could save you or your loved ones from becoming part of a staggering statistic. Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with a significant number of those bitten being children. In this episode, we navigate through the reasons why dogs bite, from fear to sheer excitement, and the importance of understanding their body language to avoid dangerous encounters. It's not about the breed; it's about reading the cues. Join me as we crack the code on canine communication and unravel the truth behind common dog behavior myths.

Greeting a dog may seem straightforward, but there's a fine line between a friendly pat and a perceived threat. This episode is packed with guidance on how to approach our four-legged friends in a way that respects their space and ensures everyone's safety. I'll explain why letting a dog sniff your hand isn't the foolproof greeting method it's often believed to be and what to do instead. Plus, we can't stress enough the necessity of asking a dog's guardian before reaching out to their pet. Follow along as we offer practical advice to make every interaction with dogs a positive one, debunking myths and setting the facts straight.

Lastly, we delve into responsible dog ownership and the critical role it plays in preventing bites. I share tips on early socialization and training, highlighting the influential guidelines from the American Society of Veterinary Behavior on puppy development. For those with more challenging canine companions, I'll discuss the value of a multi-layered approach to managing aggression, including the benefits of seeking professional help from certified behaviorists. Remember, resources are available, including a directory on my website, dogbehavioristcom, that can connect you to the expertise needed. Tune in for an episode that promises to be as informative as it is essential for all dog lovers and those interacting with dogs in their daily lives.

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