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  • Spay or neuter your dog (75-85% of biting dogs are male, two-thirds have not been neutered).
  • Attend training classes to learn how to better communicate with your dog.
  • Make sure your dog is socialized as a young puppy. Introduce your dog to a variety of situations a little at a time and under controlled circumstances.
  • Don’t play rough with your dog.
  • Don’t allow your dog to run off leash without supervision.
  • Supervise all interactions between children and your dog (even your children and your dog)
  • If your dog growls, nips, or bites (even occasionally), talk with your dog trainer about it.
  • Learn to read your dog’s body language. Some signs of stress are yawning, lip licking, slowing down or freezing in place, and turning away from things. If you see these signs when someone wants to approach your dog, do not allow them to come forward until the dog seeks them out.
  • Err on the safe side. If you aren’t sure how your dog will react in a new situation, be cautious.

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