At B-More Dog, we believe in setting up your dog for success. While every dog in an individual, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind.
- Set up your dog for success by not giving him/her the opportunity to fail. Know your dog's limitations.
- Learn your dog's body language. For more in-depth info, check out ispeakdog.org.
- Provide exercise and mental stimulation for your dog on a daily basis.
- Have your dog spayed or neutered. Intact dogs are statistically much more likely to be involved in a bite incident. Many free and low-cost programs are available.
- Keep your dog leashed when in public. Not only is this the law, but it prevents your dog from taking off after a child running down the street, the neighbor's dog or a squirrel in the wrong place at the wrong time. Check your dog's walking equipment to make sure it is well-fitted, sturdy and appropriate for the temperament of your dog.
- Make sure your fence is secure. Check your fence for any areas that might need reinforcement, where your dog might be able to go under, over or through the fence. Supervise your dog while outside, even in your own yard.
- Supervise your dog's interactions with children. Dogs and children usually get along just fine. But children don't always know to leave the dog alone when sleeping or eating or there could be a misunderstanding about food or a toy.
- Brush up on your dog's training. Commands like "Stay," "Leave It," and "Drop It" can help prevent many unfortunate circumstances. Our friends at Animal Farm Foundation and Bad Rap have many great videos and free training tips.