Play It Safe and Prevent Dog Bites!

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What do you see when you look at the photo above? An adorable interaction between a toddler and a pet? Or a fearful dog who may be about to bite because he feels threatened?

Because it’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and because dog cues can be hard for humans to read, HSNEGA is hosting “PLAYING IT SAFE WITH PETS,” a community program designed to keep children and families safe around companion animals. Seminars take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 in HSNEGA’s Community Room, located in our Adoption Center at 845 West Ridge Road, Gainesville.

Research shows children ages 5-9 have the highest dog bite incidences of any age group. Teaching children and families about proper behavior around dogs and other pets is essential to keeping everyone safe.

In this seminar, participants will learn how pets “talk” to their humans and learn the information they need to make safe choices around animals to maintain a positive relationships. Participants will even get to practice on our own HSNEGA Adoption animals.

Questions or would you like register? Call HSNEGA’s Community Outreach Department at 770-532-6617 or email KelleyUber@HSNEGA.org

Want to learn more about preventing dog bites? Here are a few links to some great online resources:

ASPCA:                                                                                   https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/dog-bite-prevention

American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx

Humane Society of the United States:  http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/avoid_dog_bites.html

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