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As the weather's warming up, more people and more pets
are heading outdoors, and that's heating up the chances of people being bitten
by a dog.
Orlando Cuevas, owner and head trainer at the Sit Means
Sit dog training center, says preventing a bite starts with someone taking a
"If you encounter a dog that's coming at you to bite…you
never want to turn your back to them," he said. "You want to put your hands in
the air to make yourself look really big, yell and scream to get them to turn
around, get them to stop. You do have some dogs that will still come at you for
the bite. That's when you want to utilize something, whether it's a hat, a
coat, a shirt, a briefcase, a purse, anything to put between you and the dog to
prevent the dog getting close to you."
Sit Means Sit holds training sessions for local postal
"Our goal with postal carriers - we're teaching them not
only to be able to read the dogs, but when they are put in a situation where
the dog's ready to bite, what they can do to prevent it by using their
equipment they carry," Cuevas explained. "If they can engage in tug with the
bag, as long as the bag's in the dog's mouth, then none of their body parts
Cuevas says it's never too early for people to learn the
basics of interacting with dogs.
"We even do dog
safety classes for little kids, to teach them the proper way to approach a dog,
how to pet…to help educate them as well."