Management of Dogs:
Understanding the mind and energy of dogs are integral in the management of dogs and public safety. According to the latest data issued by the Royal Children’s Hospital, more than 13,000 Australians are bitten by dogs in the country each year with children under five years of age mostly at risk. Of the most vulnerable are toddlers aged between 12-18 months.
Even more alarming is the fact that many of the incidents were triggered by a child’s interaction with the family pet. So why do our much-loved dogs snap?
Most bites occur when a dog experiences fear or anxiety, is protecting his property, food or territory; when it is ill or in pain, and when its maternal and primal instincts are triggered. As an example, dogs may react to an overexcited child, a jogger in motion or a child riding a bicycle or scooter because its natural instinct is to chase.
It’s important to remember that a dog must always feel safe as our pets look to our leadership to provide them a loving and secure living environment.
Learning to understand how a dog thinks, and read our energy and respond are the first steps in creating mutual trust and a lifelong bond. We owe it to our children, the public, and our pets to create a safe, loving and harmonious environment. And it starts with dog owners practicing responsible pet ownership in the home and community.
Lead by example and enjoy the mutual joy and love our dogs bring to us.