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Report Dog Bites
One women learns a terrible lesson.

I never thought I'd say it, but you can go too far in "protecting" a dog. Last week in Alameda, Calif., an 80-year-old woman died from an infection three days after she was bitten by an unfamiliar dog. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she lied to doctors about the cause of her injury to avoid having the dog quarantined. She paid the ultimate price, and the dog has not been found.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. But the CDC and the Humane Society of the United States view dog bites as largely preventable.

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Anonymous | March 30 2009 |

I have a dog that bites. He has had 'behaviourists', a veterinary behaviourist, a handful of trainers and I have a stack of books and videos telling me I can help my aggressive dog. Only one person out of all the 'professionals' who 'specialize' in aggression had any idea what they were doing. (with the exception of the vet as well) The idea of 'protecting' dogs is great business. No boots on the ground however. There's workshops as well. Three day intensives that are really expensive. It's not that easy. No one, except my current trainer, has the guts to be in the trenches with me and my dog, week after week, but many are more than willing to take your money. I protect my dog everyday. I protect him b/c I've been told, I can help him. I manage all situations. I feel so bad for the people that have dogs like mine b/c it's really almost an impossible situation unless you get really lucky and have the right resources. This story is sad, but I would do the same thing because it's what I am supposed to do. I wouldn't report a bite on myself. I love The Bark but I am can't really find the reason this was included on the website. Is the message, protect your dog until he bites you? thanks

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