How about these choppers??
We read a great post by Hawkeye over at Brown Dog about National Dog Bite Prevention week that we think is a must read. Please stop over and check it out.
Here's our two cents on Dog Bite Prevention:
You have the right to say "NO." If you are like me it is hard to say NO to someone who may want to pet your dog. I know I have done it myself when meeting strangers with dogs and falling instantly in love with their dog and wanting to pet them. You as an owner have every right not to let someone else pet your dog. Even friends and family. If you are uncomfortable with a situation, you are allowed to deny someone from petting your dog. Forget about hurting feelings, our dogs are our responsibility which includes not letting others touch him or her if you do not warrant it.
I think we as dog lovers sometimes forget that we have that right even when we are around other dog lovers. Even the best behaved dogs still get stressed and overwhelmed at times and can snap sometimes out of fear or frustration. Biting is not limited to just aggressive dogs. All dogs have teeth and use them as a form of communication especially when their message isn't getting across.
Knowing how your dog responds under different circumstance can also help. Understanding their behaviors and body language are usually clear indicators how your dog may or may not be feeling. Different breeds react differently under different circumstances, such as guard dogs are more protective and may take time to become open and friendly. Dominant and aggressive dogs may act differently out in public then they do at home. Some dogs do not like to be touched, or will only tolerate being petted in certain areas and/or may have spots on their body that are completely off limits. Some dogs are shy and will snap or bite out of fear. Understanding your dog will help in prevention.
As much as I dislike the term, your dog is your property. Just because you own a dog, doesn't give everyone the freedom to touch him or her any way they please. By protecting your dog, you are protecting others of what could be a serious situation. Understand and respect your dog's rights just as you would a child or any other human. They are counting on you.