April 8-14: Dog Bite Prevention Week
AVMA: More than 4.5 Million People are Bitten by Dogs Each Year in the U.S.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, at least half of those bitten are children. Nearly 20 percent of dog bites even require medical attention. Learn more about AVMA’s recommendations for dog bite prevention.
It is very important to know that it is not a dog’s breed that determines whether or not he or she will bite. Any dog, big or small, male or female, young or old, fuzzy or rough, can bite if provoked. However, we believe that most dog bites are preventable and there are ways to minimize the chances of your dog biting:
- Socialize: Properly socializing your dog and introducing him or her to new people, places, or situations is helpful in preventing a bite situation. AHS offers Puppy Parties each weekend for dogs 8-weeks to 5-months-old to offer them socialization skills for people and other dogs in a safe, controlled environment. For older pups headed to the dog park, please make sure to follow these dog park tips.
- Train: Whether you are dealing with pet behavior issues or just want to teach your pup the basics, AHS has training classes for dogs of all ages and skill levels. Our Behavior team also offers countless pet behavior tips, addressing issues from understanding certain behaviors in dogs to safe interaction between dogs and children.
- Supervise: Always supervise your dog around other pets and children!
- Spay/Neuter: Not only does spaying/neutering your pet prevent unwanted pregnancy, but it also can prevent unwanted pet behaviors. AHS’ Veterinary Clinics offer scheduled spay/neuter services for cats and dogs.
- Educate: Whenever possible, educate yourself and your children about reading canine body language. See these valuable tips for identifying a fearful, aroused, aggressive, or relaxed dog.