National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Help Prevent Dog Bites

dog bites

National Dog Bite Prevention Week occurs during the third full week of May every year.  This week is meant to focus on educating people about preventing dog bites.

Dog bites facts:

  • 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year.
  • 1 out of every 5 dog bite requires medical attention.
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites followed by senior citizens.
  • Most dog bites involving children occur during everyday activities with familiar dogs.

Watch this great video from the AVMA about dog bites:

Here are some tips to help your kids understand dogs and avoid getting bitten:

  • Avoid unknown dogs.  If the dog is unattended leave the area and contact animal control.
  • Don’t ever pet a dog without asking the owner first, even if you know the dog.
  • If confronted by an aggressive dog:  Tell your child to “act like a tree” by standing quietly with their fisted hands to their sides, remain still and look down at their feet.  If they are knocked over, teach them to cover their head and neck with their arms and curl into a ball.
  • Avoid yelling, running, hitting or any sudden movements toward the dog, as this will escalate the situation and make things worse.
  • Don’t bother a dog when it is in its crate or bed.
  • Don’t tease a dog by taking their toys, food or treat. 
  • Don’t pretend to hit or kick a dog.
  • Never pull on a dog’s ears or tail.  Don’t climb on dogs or try to ride them.
  • Infants and young children should never be left unattended with a dog.
  • Leave a dog along if it is sleeping or eating.
  • A yellow ribbon or orange bandanna on a leash or dog is a sign that the dog should not be approached.

There are 70 million nice dogs… but any dog can bite.  Protect yourself, your family and help educate others this week![Tweet “There are 70 million nice dogs… but any dog can bite. Protect yourself, your family and help educate others this week!”]


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