How to Prevent Dog Bites – with Dave Salmoni

The Ontario SPCA has made many videos since we started our YouTube Channel in 2007. But what are some of our most popular ones?

Here’s one that’s really up there – with 28,217 views. This video features Dave Salmoni and one of our Ontario SPCA inspectors, Scott Sylvia, talking about how to prevent dog bites!

Watch it here!

Scott Sylvia says one way to prevent bites is to understand the dog’s behaviour.

“Some of them have a very high prey drive. So if you’re making fast movements, or you’re riding past them on a bike, that’ll probably engage them, they’ll want to chase it,” Sylvia says.

Sylvia also says a key thing is to respect the dog and respect their owners. He says to ask permission from an owner before approaching a dog.

Dog bites
Sasha from our dog bite video.

He says not to play roughly with your dog, because it will enforce negative behaviour in them.

“The dog’s going to assume that it needs to be defensive and it’s going to react defensively, and that’s usually with a bite,” says Sylvia.

Salmoni also asks how you can teach a biting dog, not to bite anymore! Watch to hear what Sylvia says next.

To learn more about dog behaviour, see our Tips on Choosing a Dog Trainer.

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Sep 17, 2015
by Emily Cook