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National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 16-22

May 17, 2004 — May 17, 2004 — The Humane Society of St. Thomas asks the public to take note of National Dog Bite Prevention Week by remembering a few simple steps for interacting with unfamiliar dogs:
— Always ask the dog owner's permission before petting it.
— Never pet a dog who is eating, sleeping, or playing with a toy.
— Understand a dog's body language. For example, ears, tail, and fur standing straight up are some signs that the dog is angry.
— If you come into contact with an unfamiliar dog, approach slowly, speak softly, and avoid direct eye contact. Allow the dog to sniff the back of your hand if you want to pet it. Then, gently pet the dog on his back or sides.
— If a dog growls at you or starts to run after you, don't run. A dog is more likely to sniff you and go away if you stay still.
There are Internet sites and literature to help owners prevent dog bites, and to learn what to do in the event of a dog bite. Owning a pet comes with many responsibilities and patience. Many children and adults are afraid of dogs, but this fear could be reduced through education and positive interactions with "man's best friend".
Please visit our website at www.humanesocietyofstthomas.com or call the shelter at 775-0599 for more information about the shelter¡¦s programs and animals needing homes.

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