National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 7th to the 13th, and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 4.5 million dog bites occur each year. Dog bites accounted for almost $700 million in homeowner’s liability claims in 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute. If you are a dog owner, it is important to spend this week educating yourself in order to help prevent dog bites at all costs.
Most people expect large dogs to be more aggressive than small dogs, but any dog is capable of biting when put into a certain situation.
It is also important to realize that dogs who are normally well-behaved can bite when they are scared or defending something, such as their food, owners, or puppies. Even if the dog’s aggressive behavior is triggered by something, it may still be abandoned or euthanized. This is why proper training is important, so it doesn’t have to come to this.
According to American Humane, most dog bites usually occur because of lack of training on the owner’s part. It is important to train your dogs while they are still young so they are less likely to attack when put into a vulnerable situation. Some tips and tricks for making sure your dog doesn’t attack include:
- Monitoring any interactions between your dog and someone else, especially a small child.
- Keeping your dog socialized so it is at ease around other pets and people.
- Walking and exercising your dog on a regular basis.
- Using a leash in public.
- Keeping up with regular veterinary care.
- Teaching your young children how to properly act around dogs.
According to Victoria Stilwell, one of the world’s most recognized dog trainers, it is also important to pay attention to a dog’s body language in order to prevent a bite. If you can tell that a dog is uncomfortable, it is crucial to stop what you’re doing and back away from the dog. Click here to read more about a dog’s body language in order to understand how a dog is feeling.
Dogs provide a lot of love and happiness to families, but it is important to practice these safety tips to protect your family and others from getting bit and injured by a dog. #PreventDogBites