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We all have an important role to play in reducing the number of dog bites, in particular dog bites to children. Recent statistics on dog bites show that 77% of biting is by the family dog or a friend’s dog. It’s up to us to protect children, anyone who comes into contact with our dog, and our dog. I’ve got actionable strategies for you, and it all starts with how to R.E.A.D. a dog.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • What recent studies on dog bites tell us.
  • How to use the acronym R.E.A.D. for everyone’s safety, including your dog’s.
  • Why we can’t just assume our dog will get along with children.
  • How our dogs respond to our stress.
  • Why a dog’s emotional state increases the risk of a bite.
  • The actions you can take to be an advocate for your dog.
  • Things you can’t know about a dog and why proactivity is vital.
  • What it looks like to have a safe interaction with a dog.
  • What you can teach children for their safety around dogs.
  • Why to believe what your dog is telling you.
  • What to do if your dog growls at a child.

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