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Dog Bite Awareness

Nov 30, 2012 11:01AM

We all love our dogs and would like to believe that they would never do any harm to us or our families. Yet each year, according to the website, “dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States.”

Joseph and Carrie Perk know this reality all too well. In 2009, their precious 2-year-old son, Liam, was fatally bitten by their family dog. In memory of Liam, they established the Liam J. Perk Foundation to help spread the news about dog behavior, safety tips, and dog bite prevention.  

So how can we help prevent dog bites? According to the Perks, “If you are near an excited dog, act like a tree. In other words, stand in place, keep your hands in front, and wait patiently until the dog leaves.”

The proper way to meet a dog is to ask the owner if you can pet him, then ask the dog, and if everything is OK, pet the dog under the chin. It’s important to know that if a dog shows no interest in you, leave him alone.

Common dog stress signals include lip licking, turning away, half-moon eyes, yawning, a closed mouth and shaking off.

For more tips, articles and videos on dog safety, visit

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