According to the American Veterinary Medical Association more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. One in five require medical attention. While certain breeds are discriminated against or receive a lot of attention in the media, ANY dog can bite. Any dog may bite for any reason – scared, startled, threatened, defending its territory, food or toys.
Children account for over half of the individuals bitten. You’ve heard the old saying, “Leave sleeping dogs lie”. Everyone, children included, should not approach a sleeping dog. Dogs who are eating a playing should be approached cautiously. Unattended dogs and dogs on tie outs should not be approached.
You can prevent being bitten by respecting the dog’s personal space and observing the dog’s body language. Looking at the position of the dog’s ears, eyes, lips and tail will tell you a lot.
Don’t be a statistic. Don’t let your child be a statistic. Know how to prevent dog bites! The safety of our clients and their families is very important to us!