Bradi Bear's safety tips for playing with dogs

Bradi Bear here! You may have read Taylor King's post earlier this week, Understanding Dog Bite/Attack Laws in Arkansas. When a dog bites or injures someone, that can fall under the "personal injury" category. Now, we all know that I wouldn't hurt a fly, but I know that's not always true for all the other pup-pups out there. I wanted to speak up for my fellow dogs and give you a picture of what's going through the dog's mind when a human approaches him. This is valuable insider information that can help keep you safe - straight from my very own pup mind.

Disclosure: Once again, I WOULD NEVER hurt/attack another human; it's just not in my sweet Bradi Bear nature. I'm only trying to share a dog's perspective on this! 

Helpful Tips for Humans

(1) Children are more likely than adults to be bitten. That's because when we see overly excited children RUNNING at us, we may be confused, scared, and go into fight-or-flight mode! I know we are awfully cute, but being approached and abruptly rubbed on by a stranger just doesn't go over that well with some of my pup population.

(2) It's much better to slowly approach any dog, allow the dog to sniff and smell you (our way of checkin' you out, it's not weird if you don't make it that way) and NEVER look us straight in the eye. I've learned through numerous business meetings with clients that eye contact is a good thing in the human to human world, but it makes dogs nervous and feel threatened.

(3) Pups actually feel the MOST comfortable if a human uses the side of his or her body to face us, instead of head-on. You might feel silly, but y'all are a lot bigger than us! You gotta think how we feel when a giant, unknown, tail-less individual reaching towards us!

(4) I'm not providing these warnings for solely unfamiliar dogs; most injuries actually happen to humans us pups already know! If you think about it, it makes sense that the likelihood of being bitten goes up for those who own dogs and are around us at home, rather than someone who runs into a pup randomly! We don't mean to, but sometimes our "play" gets too rough....okay, now I feel like you're judging. Don't act like you've never gotten carried away before! 

Last tip: (5) Don't stereotype any kind of dog breed as "more" or "less" aggressive. Any dog could cause an injury! So don't rule out those little yappy ones (I'm looking at you, Ms. Shitzu); they can have some bite with their bark if they really want to! Always let an adult or owner know if any dog, regardless of their size, is acting strangely! 

For more information on how to prevent and treat dog bites, check out this page from the Center for Disease Control


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