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Proper Training Can Prevent Dog Bites

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For the second time in 30 days, a dog has been banned from Bettendorf after biting a person.

It has been declared vicious and the owner must prove to the city the dog has been removed.

The bite happened on Wednesday. A woman was walking in the 32 hundred block of Westmar when eight dogs got loose from a home there.

Reports say the woman ran, and one of the dogs bit her twice, once on the ankle and once on the calf.

Vicious dog ordinances across the Quad Cities say a dog can be labeled vicious if it bites someone unprovoked just once.

TV-6 asked dog trainers and dog owners how to best raise a dog to avoid unprovoked bites.

We got a similar answer from everyone, proper training.

"It's the way you train them, you got to socialize them, that's giving them a lot of love, and it's not just giving them a kiss or hugging them, it's spending time with them," says Ed Podber.

He grew up with dogs all his life. He currently owns a German Shepard Rottweiler mix. He says any dog is capable of biting, but he worries about those dogs kept cooped up.

"If you tie 'em up all day long and they're in an enclosed area seven days a week, they get pretty frustrated, they're not getting any human contact and if they do break loose, those are the ones that I worry about running into," says Podber.

Veteran dog trainer Jim Stenfeldt says socializing a dog is critical.

"So the dogs know how to act in and around a group of people, in public basically," says Stenfeldt.

He says getting a dog comfortable around people and other dogs will help prevent it from biting. Stenfeldt also says it's important not to assume that every dog is friendly. Especially if there is one roaming around.

"Put some distance between yourself and the dog, and don't run away, don't panic, don't scream, don't yell, because all of those things can enhance the problem," says Stenfeldt.

A problem owners also have to be wary of.

"Our first dog wasn't too fond of other people, or other dogs, we brought him to the dog park a couple times, he didn't do too well so we kind of kept him away from that," says Austin Kristof.

The dogs that chased the Bettendorf walker will remain at the Scott County Humane Society until the owner can prove she has licenses and up to date shots for each of them.

She can appeal the citations to the city of Bettendorf.

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