"Camp Bow Wow's mission is to inform families about dog bite prevention and proper handling in a fun, interesting and creative manner, as there are more than 4.7 million dog bites each year," says Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow.
"Dogs are part of our everyday lives, so it is critical that we educate as many people as possible how to prevent dog bites."
In support of dog bite prevention, Camp Bow Wow will be executing the following national programs throughout the month:
Webinar with Dog Behavior Specialists Laura Roach and Nick Fisher on Tuesday May 20 at 5 pm MST. Topics include the importance of education to prevent dog bites; dog bite statistics; proper interaction between children and dogs; signs for avoiding dog bites, Q&A.
Readings of "Scout Says, 'Dogs Get Nervous, Too." at local schools, libraries and othe community venues. This fun, yet educational tool serves to teach children about how to properly interact with dogs to prevent dog bites. After each reading, the children and their families will receive takeaways, including a copy of the book, a magnetic photo frame and bookmark. This program is offered free to children.
Camp Bow Wow's dog behavior specialist, Laura Roach, CPDT-KA, offers the following key warning signs that are indicative of a dog experiencing stress, which can lead to biting:
- Lip Licking, Yawning, Wide Eyes and Spiked Fur – All are indicators of a stressed dog.
- Growling and Snapping – Never try to get a dog to stop growling; we WANT it to growl, as it lets us know that he/she is uncomfortable. If a dog gets in trouble for growling, it will stop and can immediately go to biting.
- A Stiff Wagging Tail – A dog that is experiencing stress (and may bite) will wag its tail in a stiff manner. Look out for a tail that is pointed high and moves even more quickly back and forth.
- Averting Their Gaze – Avoidance behavior indicates that the dog is not comfortable with the particular situation.
- Cowering or Tail Tucking – This behavior indicates that a dog is fearful. It doesn't mean the dog will bite, but could if the dog's fear continues to increase.
For additional information, please visit: www.campbowwow.com.