Victoria Discusses Dog Bite Prevention on Headline News

Victoria was a guest on Headline News, where she discussed the recent fatal dog attack on a one-year old boy from Las Vegas. During the segment, which originally aired on May 1, 2012, Victoria describes commonly misunderstood dog body language warning signals as well as how to keep children safe around dogs.



5 Comments

  1. Carol Bowling

    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Too important not to share. I feel so bad for the family. Too many pictures posted of children and babies allowed to be too close to a dog for another human to intervene quickly. In this case, the dog was at the family's party (a stressor in itself) before it fell asleep. So sad for dog, family and baby.

  2. Catherine Griffin

    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Such a massive lack of education worldwide about dogs. A horrifying tragic story but what are people thinking when they leave a dog and child together! People can love dogs and love their dog, but loving a dog is not enough. You have to educate yourself about them. IMO, people should have to sit a test before being allowed a dog to help educate them about the responsibilities involved. WHat happened to the dog, I sincerely hope he is okay also. Too often more than one life is lost in these situations. Nicely put across Victoria, shame there's not more education in the media about dogs. It seems these issues are only ever addressed when something tragic like this happens.
    It IS all about prevention, and in order to prevent these things happening we have to educate people.

  3. Kate C.

    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Wonderful commentary by Victoria. So many people miss the calming/displacement signals and read them as a dog being "fine" or even relaxed with a situation, when the dog is actually very stressed. That is exactly what was happening with the dog that was on the talk show in CO earlier this year. Thank you for not speaking about a particular breed. This is not an issue about a breed, it is about inter-species miscommunication.

  4. sarah gregory

    May 4th, 2012 at 6:02 am

    catherine i read that the dog would be kept for 10 days to check for rabies then he will be destroyed.very sad for all involved but so easily prevented with more education. kate.c i agree that it is NOT breed specific and think victoria answered that very carefully. there was a news report in the uk last week about a child who was savaged by a west highland white terrier...she survived but scared for life so it just goes to show it is not about the breed.

  5. Jy Lisowski

    May 5th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    http://blogs.dogtime.com/go-dog-training/2009/02/what-is-predatory-drift

    PREDATORY DRIFT is GENETIC in ALL dogs. even in my sweet bloodhound's--AND I HAVE SEEN THIS FIRST HAND. some dogs have stronger prey drives than others--- most terriers, pitties, border collies, herding breeds--rotties, german shepherds, and others have PREY INSTINCTS that are STRONGER than others. AGAIN, NOT breed specific--and even mutts/mixed breeds like the recent situation in vegas can have strong prey drives.

    dogs PLAY differently than humans--and have different body language than us--

    follow ms. v's advice and NEVER leave your infant/toddler alone with a dog--even if it's a little lap dog :-) they can bite just as hard.

    let's stay safe and focus on the solution--not the problem ;-)



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