It’s difficult to get accurate data about dog bites, but one thing is certain: The majority of victims are children under 10 and they are more likely than adults to be bitten severely enough to require hospitalization and reconstructive surgery.
That’s why the Be a Tree program, geared towards preventing children from getting bitten, is so essential. On this week’s Animal Cafe podcast, Joan Orr of Doggone Safe discusses the program, which employs such strategies as staying as still as a tree and looking down at feet that remain rooted to the ground. Orr also emphasizes the importance of reading canine body language accurately, citing yawning as one common sign of stress that kids — and many adults — fail to recognize. (The latter group included me, pre-Frankie — thus the title of AM I BORING MY DOG?)
To learn more about the program in time for May 15, which kicks off the week-long International Bite Prevention Challenge for 2011, tune in to the interview with Orr on Animal Cafe, conducted by Certified Pet Dog Trainer Eric Goebelbecker of Dog Spelled Forward. Then come back to the site for a live chat with Orr on Wednesday, April 13, 9PM EST.
It’s a topic you can’t learn too much about.