Friday, July 12, 2013
Dog bites human
One trainer describes them as "perfect storms of human failure." Well, pardon my daughter for petting that pit bull--19 stitches where he tried to tear off her upper lip.
Anyhow, this gal--Victoria Stilwell, host of Anny Planny's "It's Me or the Dog," offered some advice for us stupid humans.
Most dog attacks take place on private property by a dog you know. Maybe the animal came over with a friend. People are not wary enough.
Obvious signs of a possible attack include growling or barking. The ears may suddenly prick up. Some dogs drool if distressed. Drool? Slavering jaws!
Never mind--I am getting off message.
Other signs can be more subtle--a wagging tail does not mean a dog is happy in all cases. If a dog rolls on her belly, it may not mean belly-rub--it can mean back off.
Tensing up, staring, lifting one paw.
Lifting the lip to show teeth.
If a dog has hold of someone, put something on its head to block sight--usually they will let go.
That letting the dog smell the back of your hand--I have heard that is not a good idea, at least not for hand-lovers.
Even my little hot mess of a poodle rescue mutt can get in a mood--and growl or snap.