Here are some tips to help prevent being bit from a dog/cat.
Stay away from an eating animal.
*Some pets don't like to be disturbed when eating and will bite anyone near their food.
Stay away from dogs/cats you don't know.
*They may appear cute and friendly but could actually be sick with disease or have a bad temperment.
Stay away from puppies/kittens.
*Most momma dogs/cats don't like others being around their little ones. They can be very protective against anyone (even owners and children she knows) trying to come into contact with their young. Even if your don't see the momma dog/cat stay away, she could return at any time.
Here are a few tips to help prevent your pet from biting others.
Put your dog/cat on a leash when going for walks.
* Yes, cats can be trained to walk on leashes. Keeping your pet on a leash helps you keep control when your pet wants to chase someone or something. Once your pet learns the rules of the leash, you both will have a more enjoyable walk.
Know your pet's limits and triggers.
*If you know your dog/cat starts getting agitated after walking more than 15 minutes, keep track of the time. Don't take your pet for an hour hike around town, he/she will be more likely to get aggressive. Same thing with triggers. If you know your pet doesn't like little kids, adjust your walking position as needed. When you see children playing in a yard, cross the street.
Keep your walks to neighborhoods and areas you are familiar with.
*This goes hand in hand with knowing your pet. If you know your pet doesn't like loud noises or children, don't walk in the neighborhood that is known for having a lot kids or a lot of traffic.
Don't leave your pet unattended.
*If your walking to the store or a place you know pets aren't allowed, bring someone along with you to watch your pet. Don't tie him/her to something outside. Your pet could bit someone while unattended.
Check your city ordiance for current leash laws and any other pet requirements.
If you have any questions or concerns contact your local city office.