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Dog Bite Prevention

Fast Facts

  • 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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