Things to Consider Before You Get A Dog

In the United States over 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  For that reason the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers several suggestions for families before they get a dog.  These recommendations are worth posting. 

1     Consult with a professional (veterinarian or responsible breeder) to learn about an appropriate breed of dog for your family.
2     If a dog or its breed have a history of aggression, that dog or breed is not appropriate for household with children.
3     If it appears that one of your children is fearful or apprehensive around dogs, delay acquiring a dog.
4     Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. 
5     Use caution when bringing a dog into the home with an infant or toddler and never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
6    Spay/neuter virtually all dogs because this frequently reduces aggressive tendencies.
7    Do not play aggressive games with your dog, e.g. wrestling.
8    Train dog social behaviors such as rolling over to expose the tummy and relinquishing food without growling.
9    Immediately seek professional advice from veterinarians, animal behavorists, or responsible breeders if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.

Following these steps should decrease the chances of your dog biting another family member or a third party.

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