Kerri Burns, a former police officer and trainer for the American Humane Association, told the officers Monday that it's rarely necessary to kill an aggressive dog to stop it. Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of vicious-dog encounters can be defused using the Humane Association's "stop, drop and roll" response, she said. Burns told officers the first step is to stop and assess the dog's body language, then drop their eyes to avoid staring at the dog.
Kerri Burns' background is in law enforcement, coupled with her study of and experience with animal and human behavior, contributes to her ability to provide outstanding training on dog and human interaction. Her credentials include four years' experience in animal welfare, managing nationwide programs for Pets911 and providing training across the United States. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is a master's in counseling.
IF 90 PERCENT OF VICIOUS-DOG ENCOUNTERS CAN BE DEFUSED, 100 PERCENT OF NON-VICIOUS DOGS ENCOUNTERS SHOULD BE.