Dog Bite Prevention
- There were 279 DBRFs (Dog Bite Related Fatalities) between 1979 and 1994. That averages out to almost 19 people per year.
- There were 11 recorded DBRFs in 1995 and 14 in 1996.
- 80% of the DBRFs in 1995 and 1996 were children.
- 72% of the DBRFs in 1995 and 1996 were male.
- 70% of the DBRFs in 1995 and 1996 occurred on the dog's property.
- Intact Male Dogs are the most likely to bite.
Source: Center for Disease Control
Tips for Dog Owners
- Spay/Neuter your dogs.
- Keep your dog secured on your property at all times. Never let your dog roam free. This is as much for his protection as the general public.
- Never chain your dog.
- Socialize your dog to people of all ages.
- Train your dog in Obedience.
- Take IMMEDIATE action if your dog begins to display aggressive behavior. Do NOT assume that your dog will "grow out of it". See a professional Behaviorist or a Veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
- Never leave a child alone with a dog regardless of breed or size. Infants have been killed by Pomeranians and Yorkies!
- Do not use force with your dog, such as spanking or alpha rolls. Aggression breeds aggression!
Tips for Children
- Never approach a strange dog.
- Always ask the dog's owner before petting.
- When given permission to pet a dog, pet the dog under the chin and not on top of the head.
- Never run from a dog. Running excites a dog to chase!
- Stand still like a statue if a strange dog approaches you, and do not scream or run.
- If a dog knocks you down, cover your face with your hands and stay as still as possible.
- Never wake a sleeping dog.
- Never approach a dog who is eating.
- Never approach a dog with food in your hand.
- Never approach an adult dog with puppies.
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