dogbiteinfographic-624x550May 15-21, 2016 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. As the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds us, no matter how nice they are, all dogs can bite. It’s up to people to do the best we can to help prevent dog bites—and education is our greatest tool.

The Yellow Dog Project is a movement for owners of dogs that need space. The idea is educate the public and dog owners to identify dogs needing space and to promote appropriate contact with dogs. A dog wearing a yellow tie or ribbon on its leash means don’t touch. Consider a yellow tie or neckerchief if your dog needs space.

Here a few tips more tips for preventing dog bites (click here for even more information from the AVMA):

  • Always walk your dog on a leash
  • Use a short leash
  • Always ask permission before approaching a strange dog
  • Teach children how to treat pets with respect, and to ask before petting
  • Spay or neuter your dog
  • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog

The best way to prevent dog bites is to treat animals with respect. You are your pet’s guardian and advocate. When in public, be sure you pay attention to what’s happening around you and keep your pet safe from teasing and threats from strangers.