I'm happy to recommend a couple of reputable and certified training professionals who can help the family, which I do often.
- 4.5 million dog bites occur each year, and out of those, 800,000 seek medical attention.
- Roughly half of those individuals are children are often, and they sustain the injuries that are the most severe — often bites to the head and neck.
- The vast majority of victims were bitten by a dog that they knew, not a stray dog roaming the streets, contrary to popular belief.
Generally fearful dogs start off by trying to stay away from the things that scare them. But as they are confronted with scary situations repeatedly, they can learn that offense (barking, snapping, biting) is their best defense because it makes the scary people go away.
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